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  • Bertoia at 100 – Celebrate the legacy of the designer and sculptor

    Portraits of Harry Bertoia from a photograph contact sheet for Knoll publicity materials. Portraits of Harry Bertoia from a photograph contact sheet for Knoll publicity materials.

     

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    2015 marks the centennial celebration of the world-renowned sculptor and designer Harry Bertoia. Bertoia was a complete and gifted artist. Knoll historian Brian Lutz said, “Bertoia’s paintings were better than his sculptures. And his sculptures were better than his furniture. And his furniture was absolutely brilliant.”

    Bertoia was born in Italy, in 1915. When he was fifteen he moved with his family to Canada and then on to Michigan. In 1939 he was awarded a scholarship to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He began to teach there, establishing a workshop for metalwork and jewelry making.

    Bertoia-Brooch The Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan is hosting an exhibition of Bertoia’s jewelry through the end of November 2015.

     

    In the 1940s Harry Bertoia concentrated entirely on furniture making and 1950 was the beginning of Bertoia’s collaboration with Florence and Hans Knoll, whose acquaintance he had made at Cranbrook Academy. Harry Bertoia’s first chair design for Knoll, the Model 420 Diamond Chair, featuring molded mesh of chromium-plated steel wire, was an immediate best seller.

    6179_z The graceful Diamond Chair, 1952, is an astounding study in space, form and function. Like Saarinen and Mies, Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, elevating it beyond its normal utility into a work of art.

     

    Harry Bertoia's 1952 delicately industrial Side Chair is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design. Harry Bertoia's 1952 delicately industrial Side Chair is among the most recognized achievements of mid-century modern design.

     

    Bertoia spent the next 25 years of his life experimenting with light, sound and volume through sculptures, paintings and architectural installations.

    Somambient-Combined Black & white photographs of Harry Bertoia's Sonambient Sculptures. Photo: Knoll

     

    Bertoia’s Sonambient Sculptures, which structurally emulate the forms of wheat fields, willow trees, dandelions, and cattails, attest to his life-long appreciation of music (he counted Vivaldi and Mozart among his favorite composers).

    Today Knoll carries on Harry Bertoia’s legacy of innovation, inspiration, and beauty with the Bertoia collection, which has been in continuous production around the world since its introduction.

    In 2005 Knoll introduced the Asymmetric Lounge, a design from Bertoia’s initial experimentation that had never reached production. In 2005 Knoll introduced the Asymmetric Lounge, a design from Bertoia’s initial 1952 experimentation that had never reached production.

     

    Celebrate 100 years of Harry Bertoia and his enduring legacy at GRShop.com

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

  • Inspired outdoor living starts at GRShop

    Everyone loves inspired outdoor spaces, perfect patios, a "garden room" for relaxation and entertaining. GRShop’s selection of seating, tables, lighting, accessories and other outdoor furniture are perfect for lounging, dining, or just getting away from your busy world.

    olivares-stromborg-880 Imagine! The Stromborg Table Collection is available in different size options plus round, square or rectangular options. The rails are available in many exciting colour options.

     

    The Stromborg Table Collection, designed for indoor and outdoor use by Daniel Stromborg, 2012, offers clean lines and exciting connections. The signature X- and Y-shaped aluminum rails give the table a subtle but energetic accent.

    GRShop offers a large variety of outdoor furnishings including Richard Schultz’s 1966 Collection for Knoll, Vitra, Blomus, Kartell, and many other manufacturers giving you great selection, comfort, and refinement. Minimal care with maximum impact is the way to go.

    1966-dining-table-chairs3-880 The Richard Schultz 1966 Dining Table is available in many table top options and a beautifully curated collection of powder coated frame colours.

     

    “I designed the collection in 1966 at the request of Florence Knoll, who wanted well-designed outdoor furnishings that would withstand the corrosive salt air at her home in Florida. Through the years, the 1966 Collection has earned a special place in the world of outdoor furniture.” – Richard Schultz

    richard_schultz_28h_dining_table Shown here with the dining chairs and the loungers, the Richard Schultz's 1966 Outdoor Collection was hailed as "a breath of fresh air" when it was introduced and that accolade still applies today.

     

    9292_z Richard Schultz cites Queen Anne's Lace as his inspiration for the delicate outdoor Petal Table with its flower-like top sprouting from the elegant pedestal base. Each "petal" expands and contracts independently, ensuring stability in changing weather.

     

    The graceful Diamond Chair designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952, is an astounding study in space, form and function by one of the master sculptors of the last century. Like Saarinen and Mies, Bertoia found sublime grace in an industrial material, elevating it beyond its normal utility into a work of art.

    Black and white options are recommended for outdoor use. Black and white options are recommended for outdoor use.

     

    The Vitra Elephant Stool is one of the most famous post-war Japanese designs and is still as convincing as ever with its clear formal idiom and great functionality. Suitable for balconies and gardens, the stacking stool can even be used as an easy-to-transport picnic stool.

    vitra_elephant_stool_a Designed by Sori Yanagi, 1954, the Elephant Stool is available in black and cream. Great seating for kids or as a stool while you are gardening.

     

    The Blomus Verdo Watering Can is made of rust-resistant stainless steel and a wooden handle for simple carrying and pouring. Don't forget the essentials! The Blomus Verdo Watering Can is made of rust-resistant stainless steel and a wooden handle for simple carrying and pouring.

     

    So whether you subscribe to the minimalist philosophy of landscape architecture or you love the chaos of a tangled English garden, adding exceptional furnishings to your urban patio or country garden will be a great long term investment in pure relaxation!

    Customers in the USA can purchase many of GRShop's products at ModernPlanet.com and receive the same great customer service and free shipping.

     

  • Knoll Sale Feature: Bertoia Diamond Chair

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    Harry Bertoia was a designer but also an artist. His work included architectural installations, public art that transforms into sound art with wind power, sculpture, painting and one line of furniture for Knoll that placed him among the most influential furniture designers of the 20th century.

     

    Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com

     

    Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia

     

    Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com

     

    Like much of mid-century design, the Diamond Chair is constructed of humble industrial material. Metal rods comprise the frame which is beautifully exposed with both upholstery options - seat pad or full cover. The frame is available in polished chrome, black or white with a variety of fabric options in brights and neutrals. Even your child's room can adorn a miniature diamond chair - a size introduced just for kids. Two other sizes, regular and large, provide an option for every space.

     

    Child size Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com Child size Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia - image: knoll.com

     

    View the Diamond Chair and the rest of the Bertoia collection at grshop.com. On SALE at 15% off until October 1st - now is the time to own this classic piece customized to suit your space.

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