Born in Italy in 1915, he decided to stay in Detroit at age 15, when he went to visit his brother. There he focused on his artistic training at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

bertoiaHe moved to California in 1943 to work with Charles Eames. Their collaboration, although fruitful, was frustrating for Bertoia, so it did not last long.

The Knoll, owners of the company Knoll Inc. , felt he had many more ideas to offer, so they invited him to move to Pennsylvania and work for them, with complete freedom in the design of furniture and sculptures.

The result of this cooperation was free in 1952, the Diamond Chair.

diamond, bertoia

This chair, known worldwide, was followed by others, still for sale.

bertoia, chaise

As usually happens with most artists, Bertoia not only devoted his art to furniture design.

Since his time at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, until the 70s, we can find in his designs interesting pieces of jewelry .

bertoia, necklaceWhile studying  he found and developed his own pictorial style. Each of these creations is unique. He sent in 1943, 100 of them at the Guggenheim Museum, and they surprised him by offering to buy his collection, which was then exposed.

bertoia, monoprintApproximately 50,000 sculptures are made by Bertoia, before dying at age 63.

He did not sign any of them, because he considered his gift to the universe and need not take anyone’s name to be understood.

bertoia, sculptures