SAF Lecture 1-22-15: Harry Bertoia, Midcentury Designer

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), the brilliant midcentury modern designer, left an enormous legacy of sculptures, furniture, drawings and jewelry. He designed chairs for Knoll, crafted over 50 public sculptures, etched hundreds of monotypes, and welded thousands of art pieces. Bertoia pushed the wave of modern art into an expansive period of exploration of not only visual, but practical and auditory and tactile art. From delicate jewelry to massive fountains, from an asymmetrical chaise lounge to petite children’s chairs, from detailed graphics to thunderous gongs; this artist took what he infused from Nature’s beauty and transformed it into uplifting experiential pieces.

Hear his youngest daughter, Celia Bertoia, describe Bertoia’s work and life, focusing on HB-1978the history of his chairs, which were designed in the 1950’s and are still being produced today. She’ll share anecdotes about her father’s life, early history of Knoll, and pose the question of relevancy of midcentury modern design in today’s world.

Celia Bertoia’s biography of Harry Bertoia, “The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia”, will be released in March 2015. Celia and her husband live in Montana for most of the year and Tucson for part of the winter. As director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation, her mission is to further the legacy of her father.

Thank you to our sponsors, Home Resource and Knoll, for tonight’s display of Bertoia chairs.

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Public $15
SAF Member $10
Student, full-time Free

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:30 to 8 pm
1741 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

5:00 to 5:30 pm Check-in
5:30 to 6:30 pm Lecture
6:30 to 7:00 pm Q + A
7:00 to 8:00 pm Meet-and-Greet Reception

Photos shown: Top – courtesy of Knoll. The Bertoia Diamond chair has been in continuous production since 1952 by Knoll. Bottom – Harry Bertoia in front of the monumental sounding sculptures at the Standard Oil Building in 1978. Photographer unknown.


The Eames Legacy Lives

Eames Lecture October 8, 2013

Don’t miss the October 8, 2013 lecture by Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, at Ringling College of Art + Design.
Advance registration
Questions:, 941-487-8728

Click to download the original essay PDF by Keith Yamashita

SAF Lecture: The Philosophy of Charles + Ray Eames


“Design vs Style and other Eames Philosophies”
Presentation by Eames Demetrios
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Ringling College of Art + Design

Academic Center Auditorium
2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Join SAF and distinguished guest Eames Demetrios for a very personal, behind-SAF Lecture October 8, 2013the-scenes look at the remarkable careers of his grandparents, Mid-Century designers Charles and Ray Eames. Mr. Demetrios will share insights into the processes and philosophies of Charles and Ray, including the same creative struggles that challenge today’s designers. To honor the centennial of Ray’s birth, Eames will highlight her formidable design role — an aspect of the partnership that has often been downplayed. Charles Eames had an expression he learned in the movie industry, “The blood will never show”, referring to the hard work required to make things look easy and natural to the viewer. Eames Demetrios will shed light on this bit of wisdom and tie it back to one of the most important design collaborations of the past century.

Eames Demetrios, Director of the Eames Office and Chairman of the Board of the Eames Demetrios Lecture October 8, 2013Eames House Foundation, is one of Charles and Ray Eames’s five grandchildren who are stewarding the Eames legacy. Based in Los Angeles, Demetrios is an acclaimed filmmaker, writer, lecturer and creator of the global artwork Kcymaerxthaere.

5 pm Check-in
5:30 – 7 pm Lecture
7 – 8 pm Reception, Book Signing

Advance registration recommended.
SAF Members: $15
Public: $20
Ringling College of Art + Design Staff and Students: Free with ID
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Questions:, 941-364-2199

Sponsored by
SAF Board Member Michael Bush, Home Resource and
Ringling College of Art + Design