Harry Bertoia was an Italian-born American artist, sculptor and modern furniture designer. His most iconic design was his patented Diamond Chair which he created for Knoll International in 1952. Bertoia turned industrial wire rods into a design classic.
Educated at Detroit Technical High School, the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Bertoia also taught metal crafts at Cranbrook. Bertoia worked with Charles Eames to develop his signature moulded plywood chairs and Eero Saarinen commissioned him to design a metal sculptured screen for the General Motors Technical Center in Detroit. His awards include the craftsmanship medal from the American Institute of Architects, as well as AIA's Gold Medal.