Italian born, Harry Bertoia
started his career as a teacher. It was not until he left this post to join the war effort in the Eames
office in Venice, that he realised his passion for sculpture after attending welding classes. Bertoia primarily used hand coated metal rods in his work as they allowed him to build up large nets that formed a multi-layered effect signifying space and time. The first examples of this new style of seating were seen when he accepted the invitation to work for Knoll
Associates, where he produced the Bertoia Diamond Chair
in the 1950s.