What a treat! This week, I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see a presentation given by the childern of Harry Bertoia, George Nakashim and Richard Schultz. It was really great to see them all together, see old family photos, tell sweet stories and share memories.
Here's Celia Bertoia. She had many fond memories of her father and recalled how he would have her cut his hair out in the yard when she would visit from college. It was their way of having along time to catch up.
Mira Nakashima spoke about her family's experience in the Japanese internment camps in the Western U.S. and how it shaped her father's and her own creative vision. George convinced Mira to come back to the U.S from her studies in Japan by offering to build her a home on the family compound. She stil lives there today.
Peter Schultz is the only one whose father is still alive today. He shared a lot of great photos of the family lounging around different variations of his most famous designs. As a vintage enthusiast, I was sad to hear that many of those prototypes are no longer around - the weather has consumed them, as is the case with most outdoor furniture over time.
What was my favorite part of the night? Seeing an image of this bench made for Harry Bertoia by George Nakashima. It's where Harry sat when he was making all of his amazing metal sculptures and furniture.
If only that chair could talk! Imagine the stories it would tell...