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Design Classic: Bertoia Seating Collection

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A look at the history of Harry Bertoia's iconic steel wire seating collection from 1951, and a few Dwell homes that showcase the chairs to their best advantage.
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  Bertoia chairs come into their own when used in dining rooms, the metal frame offsetting the wood of the dining table. In the home of architect Barbara Hill the Bertoia chairs make the dining room a more dynamic space through the shadows the wire frame leaves on the floor. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman

    Bertoia chairs come into their own when used in dining rooms, the metal frame offsetting the wood of the dining table. In the home of architect Barbara Hill the Bertoia chairs make the dining room a more dynamic space through the shadows the wire frame leaves on the floor. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman

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  The production of Bertoia chairs for Knoll started in 1952.   Courtesy of: Knoll

    The production of Bertoia chairs for Knoll started in 1952. 

    Courtesy of: Knoll

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  With proper care Bertoia Diamond chairs can make a lovely addition to any outside space, bringing a sense of the industrial to nature. In this multi-generational home in San Diego, California, a set of Bertoia chairs offer an appealing perch around a vintage glass-and-metal table. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.  Photo by: Ye Rin Mok

    With proper care Bertoia Diamond chairs can make a lovely addition to any outside space, bringing a sense of the industrial to nature. In this multi-generational home in San Diego, California, a set of Bertoia chairs offer an appealing perch around a vintage glass-and-metal table. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

    Photo by: Ye Rin Mok

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  Sheepskin rugs are one of the most popular ways to offset the severity of Bertoia's wire chairs. Here, Sophie Demenge, cofounder of infant brand Oeuf, plays with textures in her kid-friendly home in Brooklyn. See how to utilize sheepskin in your home in this slideshow. 

    Sheepskin rugs are one of the most popular ways to offset the severity of Bertoia's wire chairs. Here, Sophie Demenge, cofounder of infant brand Oeuf, plays with textures in her kid-friendly home in Brooklyn. See how to utilize sheepskin in your home in this slideshow

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  Bertoia, here shown sitting in one of his famous chairs, designed in 1951 for Knoll.   Courtesy of: Knoll

    Bertoia, here shown sitting in one of his famous chairs, designed in 1951 for Knoll

    Courtesy of: Knoll

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  Two classics are bound to work well together. Here, In a corner of this master bedroom, a black Greta Grossman Grasshopper lamp sits next to a white Bertoia Diamond chair with matching ottoman. Photo by Andrew Cammarano.   Photo by: Andrew Cammarano
    Two classics are bound to work well together. Here, In a corner of this master bedroom, a black Greta Grossman Grasshopper lamp sits next to a white Bertoia Diamond chair with matching ottoman. Photo by Andrew Cammarano.
     

    Photo by: Andrew Cammarano

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  Bertoia Barstools break up the minimalism of this Scavolini Scenery kitchen in the home of architect Jeff Jordan.   Photo by: Jon SnyderCourtesy of: Jon Snyder

    Bertoia Barstools break up the minimalism of this Scavolini Scenery kitchen in the home of architect Jeff Jordan

    Photo by: Jon Snyder

    Courtesy of: Jon Snyder

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  In the home of two interior architects the marble-topped occasional table and the wood table are vintage, the antique rugs are from Morocco, a Low Pad chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini sits near the fireplace, and the brass-and-steel coffee table was designed by Poorter and Holdrinet. But the stars of the living room are still a pair of pink Bird chairs Bertoia for Knoll. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    In the home of two interior architects the marble-topped occasional table and the wood table are vintage, the antique rugs are from Morocco, a Low Pad chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini sits near the fireplace, and the brass-and-steel coffee table was designed by Poorter and Holdrinet. But the stars of the living room are still a pair of pink Bird chairs Bertoia for Knoll. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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  The only problem with Bertoia chairs is that once you have one you're going to want more. Here Bertoia steel side chairs for Knoll ring the concrete dining table that the owners of this Belgian home designed themselves. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    The only problem with Bertoia chairs is that once you have one you're going to want more. Here Bertoia steel side chairs for Knoll ring the concrete dining table that the owners of this Belgian home designed themselves. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

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