Ottoman from The Bertoia Collection lounge seating range designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952. Manufactured by Knoll in Italy, the ottoman is of the highest possible quality. Welded steel with rods in polished chrome, fully upholstered. Italian sculptor, university lecturer and furniture designer Harry Bertoia displayed a unique stroke of genius with his patented Diamond Chair for Knoll International in 1952. Bertoia was an inventor of form and an enricher of furniture design with his introduction of a new material: He turned industrial wire rods into a design icon. Educated at Detroit Technical High School, the Detroit School of Arts and Crafts and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Bertoia taught metal crafts at Cranbrook. He worked with Charles Eames to develop his signature molded plywood chairs. Eero Saarinen commissioned him to design a metal sculptured screen for the General Motors technical Center in Detroit. His awards include the craftsmanship medal from the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Gold Medal. His iconic wire furniture is still manufactured to this day by Knoll to Bertoia's original specifications and exacting standards.