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Not only did Knoll furniture designers produce some of the most thrilling furniture this century, Knoll management secured the production rights of the most qualified and famous designers. Knoll has the right to manufacture and sell products by luminaries like Mies van der Rohe (the Barcelona collection), Harry Bertoia (the Bertoia wire chairs), Marcel Breuer (the Wassily Chair), Eero Saarinen (the Tulip chair), and Jens Risom (the Risom lounge chair). You won't find such a collection of stars at any other furniture studio.</p><p>Knoll is committed to improving quality of life by improving the quality of your home and workplace. Knoll furniture brings design, beauty, comfort and elegance to the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, office, cafeteria, and lobby. There are no limits to the range of applications Knoll strives to make perfect furniture for, and no other company who can accomplish every goal with such verve and intelligence. Choose Knoll furniture when you're choosing pieces: You won't just be buying furniture, you'll be claiming an art object, an installation meant to enrich your environment, and an inheritance for your children. Long-lasting, perfectly made, brilliantly designed, Knoll is the place for fine furniture.</p><h2>Florence Knoll</h2><p>Knoll co-founder and chief designer Florence Knoll began her long and continuing career at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She quickly came under the wing of legendary European designer Eero Saarinen, and from then on her life was inextricably tied to outstanding design, outstanding designers, and amazing furniture. She worked with Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Wallace K. Harrison. In 1946 she married Hans Knoll, cementing their partnership and taking a larger role in the company. Without her far-seeing wisdom Knoll would never have secured partnerships with the best designers in the world, and would certainly never have embraced her principles of "total design," which changed the nature of American architecture and design in profound ways. Florence Knoll blazed a trail for design in the office, the personal workspace, the lobby, the hospital, the government hall, and dozens of other spaces given little attention and less aesthetic emphasis. She cared deeply about the plain objects in the world, and the everyday spaces, and strove to make them extraordinary with ravishing design and a touch of beauty and elegance.</p><p>In 2002, in recognition of her influence, career and contributions to American design, Florence Knoll was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts' National Medal of Arts in 2002. 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Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman by Knoll

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Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman by Knoll
designed by Harry Bertoia

The Bertoia Bird Chair remains is a textbook in bent metal design and has an exalted place in furniture design history. You can only get the Bertoia Bird Chair from Knoll, and you can get the Bird Chair for the best price from Smart Furniture. Harry Bertoia invented some of the most celebrated chairs ever made by inventing a new material: steel mesh. Bertoia started as a teacher, a metal craft instructor at Cranbrook, while also working with the legendary Charles Eames to develop his molded plywood chairs. Bertoia quickly became popular and reknowned in his own right, in no small part because of the Bertoia Bird Chair, a beautiful, comfortable, stunning piece of furniture. The Bird Chair is unrivaled for quality, inventiveness, and stylistic accomplishment.

The Bertoia Ottoman is the companion to the Bertoia Bird Chair. The Bertoia Ottoman is itself a work of art, crafted as well and as creatively as the chair. Don't keep these two apart.

The iconic design of the Bertoia Bird Chair fits into any home or environment.

Bird Chair and Ottoman are available separately.

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Materials & Measurements

Materials:
The frame of the Bertoia Bird Chair is welded steel with rods in polished chrome or highly durable bonded rilsan. The chair features stainless steel connections and four plastic glides.

Dimensions:
Overall: 40.25" h x 38.5" w x 33" d
Seat height: 14.5"
Ottoman: 14.5" h x 23.5" w x 17.25" d

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Environmental Information

The Knoll Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman is Greenguard certified.

About The Manufacturer

Founded in 1938, Knoll has nurtured many of the most inspiring and iconic furniture designs of the last century. With an extensive collection of modern classic furniture for the home as well as cutting-edge office furniture with a focus on functionality as well as aesthetics, Knoll is at the forefront of how furniture interacts with us and affects us in our daily lives.

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Designer

Harry BertoiaHarry Bertoia
An Italian designer best known (and justly famous) for his Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair, and the whole series of chairs and tables that followed from that design. A proponent of leaving space and air in his designs, Bertoia was a pioneer in using bent steel as a design tool and material, which led to the creation of durable, reproducable, and delicate looking chairs and tables.

Bertoia is without a doubt in the pantheon of great designers, and must be included amongst the greatest of the mid-century movement, including Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. In fact, Harry worked on the production of the Eames Molded Plywood Division of the Evans Product Company, and even made wedding rings for Charles and Ray Eames. In the 1950's, Harry Bertoia designed his wire chair collection, which remains one of the most recognizable forms in the designer furniture world.



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Structural components are warranted for 5 years.

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