With his iconic seating collection, Harry Bertoia transformed industrial wire rods into a new furniture form. The events that made this work possible began a decade earlier at Cranbrook Academy of Art, when Bertoia met Florence Knoll (then Florence Schust). Years later, the Italian-born designer was invited to work for Florence and her husband, Hans Knoll. Bertoia was given the freedom to work on whatever suited him, without being held to a strict design agenda, and the result of this arrangement was the Bertoia Seating Collection (1952). Featuring a delicate filigreed appearance that’s supremely strong, the base of the Bertoia Bench is sculpted out of steel rods. The seat is crafted of painted wood slats that are pretreated to prevent sagging or warping. Not suitable for outdoor use. This is the authentic Bertoia Bench produced by Knoll. The Knoll logo is stamped into its base. Made in Italy.