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Italian-born American artist Harry Bertoia designed the Diamond Chair for Knoll in 1952, and this single design elevated him to the pantheon of modern design. Later, his sculptural installations complemented the same buildings that housed his designs. From 1953 until his death in 1978, Bertoia focused his creative energies almost exclusively on sculpture. In his monumental work for the Standard Oil Building Chicago's tallest skyscraper until the Sears Tower was completed, designed by postwar modernist Edward Durrel Stone in 1974, his mission was to craft a sensual relationship between nature, architecture, and art.