Bertoia Bench by Knoll
designed by Harry Bertoia
The Bertoia Bench is a refreshing and exquisite twist on the simplest piece of furniture in the world: the bench. Long, elegant slats of wood are pre-treated to prevent warping or bending, and the color choices are handsome and varied. However the real innovation of this piece is the elegant metal rods that hold it up. Bent into seemingly delicate positions, in conjoined Y shapes that support each end of the bench, the structure is actually incredibly strong and durable. The Bertoia Bench has become a classic as surely as all of his wire furniture has, and no home deserves to be left out. Harry Betoia first met Florence Knoll in the 1930's at the prestegious Cranbrook Acadamy of Art. Many years later in 1952, he designed the iconic Betroia seating collection including the Betoia Bench for Florence and her husband, Hans Knoll.
The Bertoia Bench platform is solid wood horizontal slats pre-treated to prevent warping or sagging. The slats are in a black or white painted finish. Frame is made from welded steel rods with a polished chrome finish.
Overall: 15.25" h x 72" w x 19" d
About the Designer
Hans and Florence never insisted that Harry Bertoia design furniture when they originally gave him a studio in an early Knoll factory. They simply asked that he show them if he arrived at something interesting. He arrived at something outstanding. Introduced in 1952, the Bertoia Collection remains one of the great achievements of modern furniture design.