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?