Dear Friends of Hayden's Hope,
Our third Live Auction item is a treat for anyone who loves mid century modern design. We are very thankful to Knoll for their generous donation of a Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise Lounge Chair.
This masterpiece of mid-century experimental design is one of the largest that Harry Bertoia produced. Bertoia designed it in the early 50's but only made one prototype. Knoll started producing this piece in 2005, only after the prototype, which had been lost for 50 years, was found at Auction in Chicago in 2003. It sold to a private collector for over $100,000.
With his iconic seating collection, Harry Bertoia transformed industrial wire rods into a new furniture form. The events that made this work possible began a decade earlier at Cranbrook Academy of Art when Bertoia met Florence Knoll Bassett (then Florence Schust). Years later, the Italian-born designer was invited to work for Florence and her husband Hans Knoll. The terms were favorable to the artist and Bertoia was given the freedom to work on whatever suited him, without being held to a strict design agenda. The result of this arrangement was the Bertoia Seating Collection (1952).
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We look forward to seeing you at the event.
John and Megan Pheif