Haunting, church-like, soul-cleansing. When it comes to the sounds produced by Harry Bertoia’s musical sculptures, there’s no shortage of words to describe them. While most associate Harry Bertoia with the iconic, diamond-shaped chairs he created for Knoll, chairs were only a small part of the equation for the Italian-born sculptor and designer. His true muse? Metal. Bertoia was transfixed by metal and the ways in which it could be manipulated to create not just furniture and sculpture, but sound. Read More
James Elkind has a knack for breaking down facades. As in, piece by piece. In the early 1980s, Elkind scaled some of Manhattan’s most storied buildings, salvaging copper cornices, stone lintels and marble sculpture from an impending tide of sledgehammers. He sold his haul out of the basement of a Greenwich Village townhouse (later a sun-lit East Village storefront), to which he bestowed the befitting moniker, “Lost City Arts.”
To celebrate DECASO’s recent collaboration with The Harry Bertoia Foundation, a breakfast honoring the Harry Bertoia Director and founder, Celia Bertoia, was held at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City. Celia, who is also the youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, founded the Bertoia Foundation in 2013, and since then, has worked to promote her father’s legacy through lectures, interviews, and an array of other projects, including the reissue of several of his keystone works.