Wire Side Chair
Wire Side Chair
“If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculptures. Space passes right through them!”
Bertoia and the Eames’ came out with their wire chairs within 2 years of each other. The Eames’ won a patent dispute regarding the use of the double wire frame, but Bertoia’s chair was simply amended to use a thicker, single frame all around.
The Side Chair is used in the Sculpture Garden of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Bertoia’s work can also be found at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and many more.
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Bertoia was an early student of ergonomics, before the field was even known by that name. Accordingly, his Wire Side Chair is curved to the individual’s body shape with generous seating space. An unexpected inherent flexibility in the metal rods affords a much more comfortable seat than one might imagine. A polyurethane foam pad decks the seat, for a softer seating experience. Seat cushions are secured to the chair frame with hook and loop (i.e. “Velcro”) straps.
Frame: Stainless steel
Cushion: Polyurethane foam
Upholstery: Top grain Italian leather
Seat height: 46cm
Carrying weight: 140kg
Weight as shipped: 5kg
Metal: Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth.
Leather: Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a colourless eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush.
Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather.
Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth.