Friday, December 11, 2015

Knoll label on chairs

You ask if the "Knoll" can be worn off of the chairs. Knoll began imprinting their brand name on the frame sometime in the 1990s. Before that time, there was no imprint. It is doubtful that it would wear off by normal use, as it is fairly robust, but it could be filed off, I suppose. Don't know why anyone would do that. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

PHOENIX Art Museum Bertoia Lecture

Come to a presentation on...

Wednesday December 16, 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685 (602) 257-1880

From the Backbone of Italy to the Icon of Design

Celia Bertoia speaks of her father Harry Bertoia and how his childhood country Italy influenced his psyche and career.

This will be a different perspective of my father's work; that of how a rural hardworking village effected his development. Harry loved Italy and was able to return only one time after he left at age 15. One of his dying wishes was for his sister to carry his message back to San Lorenzo and tell them how much he appreciated growing up there and had never forgotten them. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bertoia Events in Denver September 11, 12

Join me for a book signing and also a presentation in Denver to learn more about the man behind the designs. Plus we'll have a few Bertoia originals to view and touch. Come say hello!

City Stack Books & Coffee, 1743 Wazee St, Denver, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia; the Man, the Artist, the Visionary book signing, Friday September 11, 3:00. No charge.

Denver Modernism Show, National Western Complex Expo Hall Level 2, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver near the Coliseum, Saturday September 12, 2:00. Celia Bertoia and Susan Saarinen, Daughters of Design, speak on their fathers, main stage, entry fee by the day or weekend. After the presentation, Susan and I will have a book signing.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bozeman Book Signing August 22

The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia; the Man, the Artist, the Visionary

Celia will talk about and sign her recently released book about her father. Bozeman, Montana's Barnes & Noble will host an author event on Saturday, August 22, from 2 - 4 pm in the Gallatin Valley Mall. She will also have a few samples of Bertoia's work on display. The book is already in stock at the Bozeman Barnes & Noble, so local Bozemanites can purchase early. For those coming from other parts of the state, copies will be available.
Harry Bertoia's works were displayed last fall at Montana State University, including everything from graphics to chairs to sculpture. The biggest hit seemed to be the large single slab gong, equipped with mallet, that viewers were encouraged to play with. His sounding rod sculptures were popular with youngsters and oldsters alike. His work is like no other's and is featured in museums world wide.
The book, written in an intimate style, has details that only a daughter would know. The writing of it was an amazing process in itself, so come and find out more!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2-4 PM, 2015, Barnes & Noble Book Store, Gallatin Valley Mall, 2825 West Main, Bozeman, MT 586 5360

Monday, April 13, 2015


The Sonambient re-issue box set will be released soon. The date is not yet determined. The set will include a history of Sonambient, quotes from Harry and other important music figures, and lots of photographs in a substantial booklet along with the eleven CDs. Cost will be $100. This is historical as well as mystical meditation music. Check details at

Celia will be speaking at selected Knoll distributors in California sometime the first week of May. Dates and specifics will follow shortly. There will be several luncheon gatherings and at least one evening lecture. She will have her books available for purchase and signing. See you there!

Coming soon: Celia will visit New York City May 18 - 22 and may offer a lecture during that time. If you have a legitimate reason to meet with her, contact us through the website and she may fit it in her schedule. We'll let you know. Exciting!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Arieto! And Cranbrook Opening...

Today is 100 years since Harry's birthday. His childhood nickname was Arieto ("little Harry") and my mother Brigitta also called him Arieto (unless she was mad at him!). The support and help that has come toward the HarryBertoia foundation is almost overwhelming, and very much appreciated. The Kickstarter project is funded, people come out of the woodwork to assist us, and life is good!

Celia will speak at the opening of the Cranbrook Bertoia Jewelry show this Friday March 13th. It is for members only, but they are having a special discount if you come on Friday of $25 instead of $50. The way his jewelry led to his later sculptures is really quite remarkable. Come if you can!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Harry Bertoia Archival Tape Project

We have a Kickstarter project going to transfer the 350+ reel-to-reel Sonambient tapes to electronic format. It is a huge undertaking, but with your support to purchase the proper equipment, we can save these recordings. They have been sitting in the renovated Pennsylvania barn for 45 years collecting spiderwebs, but if we act now we can save them! Harry Bertoia created eleven Sonambient albums before he died and these are being re-issued in May in a beautiful box set. To help, or just see what is going on, check:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Upcoming Bertoia Happenings

March 10: The Italian Bertoia exhibition in Pordenone will host a Skype chat with Celia Bertoia on Harry's centennial birthday. Harry was a Pisces, flowing in opposing but coordinated directions at one time.

March 13: Cranbrook Art Museum's Bertoia Jewelry exhibition opens with a grand evening for members, including a talk and meet and greet with Celia Bertoia

Late April, dates not yet determined: Lectures and Book signings in Los Angeles and San Diego area. For galleries, bookstores, museums or modern furniture showrooms who might want to be included in the festivities, contact us through the website.

Many more events are in the works. Check back from time to time or peruse our Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Florida Lectures in January

Below is more about the Florida presentations.

Celia Bertoia, youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia and Director of the HarryBertoia foundation, will give two lectures in Florida, focusing on design but expanding on the entire ouvre of her father. She will bring a few originals for show and tell.

Florida State University William Johnston Building G040, Thursday, January 15th, 5:00 pm, 6:00 reception

Sponsored by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, Conference room at the Herald-Tribune, Thursday, January 22nd from 5:30 to 7 pm

Friday, January 2, 2015

Allentown Later, Cranbrook Soon, Florida Now

There was to be a major Bertoia exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum in 2015, but due to several factors this has been postponed. We are now looking toward 2017 or 2018. It will be bigger and better and come from a different angle, probably looking into the history of sounding sculpture. How has Harry Bertoia's tonal work effected other artists? Was he the first to tread into the sounding sculpture arena? What are the scientific and musical ramifications?
In the meantime, I am getting very excited about the Cranbrook Bertoia jewelry exhibition. They obtained funding (from Wright, the Eibers and the David Klein & Kate Ostrove Exhibition Fund) for a top notch color catalogue and will have some items that have never before been seen in public. Harry's jewelry is both wonderfully playful and amazingly crafted. While he loved silver and gold, he was not averse to using copper, aluminum, brass or just about any metal. Much of the jewelry was created at Cranbrook and this is where he began to amass his broad knowledge of metals, alloys and their properties. It begins March 14 and here are the details:
Keep your antenna up for two lectures on Harry Bertoia coming to Florida, one in Tallahassee at the University and one in Sarasota, both in late January. Dates and specifics to follow.