Harry Bertoia was born on 10 March 1915 in Italy. To be precise in San Lorenzo. Harry Bertoia was a born artist, sound artist and modern furniture designer.
At the age of fifteen he was given the choice to stay in Italy or to go to Detroit in America. Harry Bertoia chose the last option. Together with his older brother, Oreste, he left and saw the adventure. After learning all the daily activities and of course the language he went to the Cass Technical High School, where he studied art and design. He also learned everything about the skills that come in making handmade jewelry.
In 1936, Harry Bertoia went to the art school in Detroit. The Society of Arts and Crafts. This college is now also known as College for Creative Studies. A year later, in 1937, Bertoia received a scholarship to study at the Cranbook Academy of Art. A great opportunity, as the school was well-reputed. Here he first met Walter Gropius, Edmund N Bacon, Ray & Charles Eames and Florence Knoll. Grounds that evidently inspired him.
Harry Bertoia eventually started as a painting student. Later Harry Bertoia opened his own metal workshop at Cranbrook and there he learned the design of jewelry with metalwork. This technique is well seen in the Daimond chair and Bird chair chairs that he designed for Knoll international. In 1950, he was invited by this company to come to Pennsylvania to work with Hans and Florence Knoll. Of course, Florence had met him before. During this time he designed three more wheelchairs, known as the Bertoia Collection for Knoll.