The sound of Bertoia.

Bertoia

Perhaps best known for his diamond-back wire chair, Harry Bertoia was fascinated with expressing sound. He conceived of metal sculptures and monotypes to interpret his unique ideas. He was fundamentally both an artist and a designer, graduating from the Cranbrook Art Academy and later teaching graphics and metalsmithing from 1939 to 1943. I just read that the first exclusive auction will be held of his metal works, monoprints, and sounding sculptures at Wright 20, an auction house in Chicago. The auction is May 22, so you have just enough time to read up on him, check out some of his amazing designs, and fly to Chicago (if like me, you live in San Francisco.)

If the auction isn’t for you, then lucky for us, Design Within Reach is finally carrying his wonderful Diamond chair. I really want one of those.