Finding this set of Bertoia side chairs for my patio was a hard fought battle. I fell for the design years ago. I halfheartedly tried to pick up a set here and there from Ebay but only sets that were within driving distance. Shipping kills all the fun.
That idea never came to fruition. I'd see pairs or singles here and there at some
of the shops around town but the only affordable pieces had broken welds. The
more often I found chairs with broken welds the more I thought that maybe these
chairs just weren't for me. I had just put the whole idea out of my head
when...shazam!!! Kansas City Craigslist! Yup, found these on Craigslist and had
to make an all day road trip to get them. Good news was they were so cheap that
a whole days drive and a tank of gas was worth it!
I can't seem to find it now but I had read an interview of Harry Bertoia where in
he stated that he was not so enamored of furniture design. It seems that he sold
the designs for his wire furniture to Knoll for a lump sum and used that to buy a
home and metal shop presumably to further his artistic endeavors.
Read more about Harry Bertoia here.