Bertoia Molded Shell Barstool

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DESIGNED BY  |  Harry Bertoia, 1960

The Bertoia Molded Shell Stool is a reintroduction of a design originally debuted 1960. Merging the sublime grace of the wire-form base with a touch of color and natural flex, the reinvigorated classic is ready to add colorful accents to any room. Mix and match the stools or keep a singular color palette, the Bertoia Molded Shell Barstool offers an iconic design with a playful tone. Bar height stools are best paired with tables and counters that are 40-43" high.

DIMENSIONS  |  Bar Height W552 x D559 x H1048 x SH743mm  |  Counter Height W552 x D559 x H978 x SH635mm 

Behind the design

Characteristic of the early environment at Knoll, Hans and Florence never demanded that Bertoia design furniture, but instead encouraged him to explore whatever he liked. They simply asked that if he arrived at something interesting, to show them. Bertoia later explained the process:

“I went around and discovered, quite soon, that I was not the man to do research. My feeling was that had to come from an inward direction. I began to rely once more on my own body. I began to think in terms of what I would like as a chair. It started very slowly…I came into rod or wire, whether bent of straight. I seemed to find myself at home. It was logical to make an attempt utilizing the wire.

"Once more, I went through the procedure of positioning, considering the possibility of shapes, then relating, of course, what the wire itself could be, what shapes it might take, whether there were any tools to do it with. There are many aspects of the same things coming into one’s mind, but the very first thing was whether a shape would come up that would begin to serve as a chair, sitting on it, etc. One was taking the shape of a side chair; another was beginning to extend to care of the head. This developed to the point where something could be held on to…You know, when you have something in front of you that can really physically be held, it becomes easier to make changes.”

FRAME  |  Base is constructed of welded steel rods with polished chrome finish (indoor use only) or white or black powder coat (suitable for both indoor and outdoor use). Seat is molded polypropelene

FINISH  |  Frame: White, Black and Polished Chrome. Shell: Black, Medium Grey, Blue, Yellow, White and Orange Red

DETAIL  |  Knoll logo stamped into the back of the base

Brand: Knoll

Designers: Harry Bertoia