The groundbreaking use of industrial wire mesh made the Diamond chair look more like a sculpture than a chair when it was first produced in 1955 by Knoll.
Despite being made almost entirely by hand, Diamond was a resounding commercial success and enormous financial boon for its designer, Italian-born Harry Bertoia. He was paid enough for the design to buy a house and studio in Pennsylvania, where he spent the remainder of his life devoted to sculpture.
Harry Bertoia was born in Undine, Italy, in 1915 and relocated to the United States in 1930. His contemporaries included Charles Eames and the Knolls. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, before setting up its metalworking department. Bertoia once said “The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.”
Diamond Chair | c.1955
Original: Knoll | USA
Current: Knoll | USA
Dimensions: 33.5″W x 28.5″D x 30″H
Material: welded steel rods, upholstered seat (optional)