Steel Set (4) Knoll Vintage Harry Bertoia Black Cushion 428 Wire Barstool
Perhaps one of the most iconic designs of the mid-century era, the Bertoia 428 wire barstool was part of a collection offered by Knoll and saw great success. These versions are complete with full black ‘boucle’ fabric covering, original factory constructed, to provide an extra edge to this classic design.
The Bertoia ‘stool’ was part of a range of chairs Bertoia designed using the wire frame, sculpted finish, echoing from his strong interest in sculpting. The finished results are, arguably, the first versions of ‘ergonomic’ design; design that fits the bodies form and allows for the greatest possible comfort which can be provided by the materials used.
In the collection, Bertoia also created the iconic ‘wire chair’ along with the highly sought after ‘Diamond chair’ and ‘Bird chair’. The stool came in two different guises, the bar height option, which these are, or the counter height option which was a slightly smaller offering.
The original steel frames are in a good aged condition with some slight pit marks on the legs, but this may be removable with a good metal polish
The black ‘boucle’ fabric covers are full of character and appear to be a little faded with time adding to this feel. The clips are fully present and makes the covers easily removable if you prefer.
The label on the underside of the cushions help distinguish these as original pieces and dates them as being from 2001.
Bertoia’s work is highly coveted and his pieces can prove to be great investment pieces. The age of the barstools, of course, affects the investment value of it, along with their condition and these particular items should appreciate steadily.