Friday, March 21, 2014


Get a chance to touch a few original Bertoia sculptures. Hear about what an amazing man this mid century modernist really was. You'll get the inside scoop on the Eames - Bertoia connection. Celia has all kinds of wonderful stories that only a daughter could tell. There will be plenty of time for questions and chatting. Plus just to walk around a Design Within Reach showroom is a tour through modernism history. The Santa Monica DWR is just off the Promenade. The San Francisco DWR just opened this year and is spectacular. Join us.

Thursday, April 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Design Within Reach, Santa Monica
332 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA       310 274-7243

Wednesday, April 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Design Within Reach, San Francisco
200 Kansas St
San Francisco, CA       415 638-4700

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Celia Bertoia to speak in California

Celia Bertoia, Harry's youngest daughter, will give a presentation on his life and work at Santa Monica's Design Within Reach, a modern furniture showroom. 332 Santa Monica Blvd, just off the 3rd St Promenade, on Thursday April 10, 7 - 9:00 PM. She will bring a few small original Bertoias, talk about the chairs and sculpture, and give you a taste of who this magnificent artist was as a man.

Another April presentation on Bertoia may happen at the Design Within Reach in San Francisco at their beautiful new showroom. It is not yet confirmed, but when it is, we'll let you know.

If you would like to schedule a talk in your town, write or call at the contact page.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Two notices about original Harry Bertoia art for sale:

Wright auction has opened a new branch in New York City (the home office is in Chicago) and their first featured artist is 15 Years of Harry Bertoia. The bush selection is fantastic, plus a gorgeous dandelion and a wide variety of other pieces that is astounding. Open for public viewing until February 15th, see:

Abby M Taylor Fine Art has a few fine tonal sculptures and sprays by Bertoia for sale. See:

Keep up to date in a more timely fashion at our Harry Bertoia Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumbler and YouTube pages:

Monday, August 5, 2013

James Michener Museum gets rave reviews for Bertoia exhibit

The James Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, opened last week with an exhibit of Bertoia's monoprints, jewelry, furniture and sculpture. There has been good press and it is a spectacular show. See:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bertoia Presentation at Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art

A presentation with photos and lecture by daughter Celia Bertoia is slotted for 5:00 pm Saturday, April 20, at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art - see
Celia has recently become a part time resident of Tucson and is looking forward to getting to know the art community in Arizona. Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 25, 2013

How to Spot an Orginal Bertoia Chair

How to spot an Original Knoll Bertoia Chair?

Here is a link to an excellent video on how to discern the orginal chairs from the fakes. The main points to note are the tapered top wires with supporting rod behind (not on top) AND the "Knoll" inscription on the horizontal support wire near the bottom. Why should you choose an expensive original instead of a cheap reproduction?

- Because you are supporting the artist (not monetarily, as Bertoia received a lump sum and was done, but artistically and philosophically)
- You receive a quality product in the style intended by the designer
- You take ownership of furniture that is art, and retains value
- Anyone sitting in the chair gets a little piece of the designer's energy and creativity

Friday, February 1, 2013

A recent auction at Christie's offered this beautiful Bertoia screen from the Heineman estate. It sold for $578,500. Created around 1955, it's delicate organic look is amazing, isn't it?