Bertoia was born in Italy, and studied art and craft in the US. Once he designed his diamond chair, made of hand welded steel. He lived off the royalties for the rest of his life. There is nothing like them.
In Bertoia’s own words, “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.”
They do all that, and they echo the human form. When I went to buy chairs for my garden, I found nothing remotely as appealing, and I too succumbed to their charm.