Knoll Europe honors the centennial of Harry Bertoia's birth with an exhibition “Celebrate Harry Bertoia” at the company's showroom in Milan during Salone Internazionale del Mobile, which runs April 14th through 19th. An installation, designed by OMA, frames the collection of works by the equally prolific and multi-disciplinary artist, guiding the visitor through a multimedia experience of the designer's entire corpus—spanning furniture, sculpture, jewelry, and drawings.
The exhibition design by OMA—the studio co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas—recontextualizes works from Bertoia’s vast creative output. Additional spatial demarcations by Petra Blaisse—who founded the studio "Inside Outside" —contribute to this nuanced representation of Bertoia's life's work, complementing the integrated experience of light, sound, and space within the exhibition.
OMA describes the exhibition's configuration as follows: “Linoleum carpets in the form of a gong, directly based on the Monotype series of drawings by Bertoia, are used to indicate the different sections of the show. Areas set aside for reading, video and audio narrate his life and works, combining a retrospective of archival films and recordings with more contemporary analysis and reinterpretation of his iconic design. His jewelry, another art form he explored, again underlines the wide range of materials used by Bertoia, always in pursuit of new interpretations of what is offered by nature.”