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Gio Ponti Furniture

Gio Ponti (Italy, 1891-1979)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism. Ponti designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers — and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.

     The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus is reflected in his work: as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre. In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new; his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity. In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti — along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso — found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work. Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped “Distex” chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Columbo and others.

     His signature furniture piece — the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere — is the sleek “Superleggera” chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their “Architetturra” series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

     Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph, written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

Read more about Gio Ponti in Introspective Magazine

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Gio Ponti Style Desk Chair
H 34.25 in. W 21.5 in. D 20 in.
Orange
Pair of Wall Lights by Gio Ponti
H 14.57 in. W 6.1 in. D 3.15 in.
Galerie Patrick Gutknecht
Gio Ponto for Venini, 'Sette Colori' Jug
H 8.66 in. W 7.09 in. D 5.91 in.
Marc Heiremans
Italian Wardrobe
H 5 ft. 0.3 in. W 4 ft. 4.3 in. D 23.5 in.
Stellar Union
Settee by Gio Ponti
H 30.3 in. W 4 ft. 6 in. D 29.2 in.
Sebastian + Barquet
Pair of Wall Lights by Gio Ponti
H 22.05 in. W 15.75 in. D 3.54 in.
Jochum Rodgers
Pair of Gio Ponti Headboards from Hotel Royal Naples
H 31.5 in. W 16.93 in. D 5 ft. 3 in.
Compendio Gallery
Gio Ponti Style Magazine Stand
H 21 in. W 11 in. D 20 in.
Stamford Modern
Italian Writing Desk
H 30 in. W 4 ft. 5 in. D 25 in.
Stellar Union
Nice Midcentury Wingback Sofa
H 38.19 in. W 6 ft. 8.7 in. D 35.83 in.
inside-room
Pair of Italian Midcentury Armchairs
H 35 in. W 22 in. D 32 in.
JED
Pair of Wing Lounge Chairs, 1950s
H 38.19 in. W 30.71 in. D 35.83 in.
inside-room
Gio Ponti Vanity From Hotel Royal, Naples, 1955
H 47.99 in. W 17.32 in. D 37.01 in.
Compendio Gallery
Set of Two Sconces by Gio Ponti for Candle
H 19.29 in. W 5.12 in. D 3.54 in.
Compasso
Stunning Gio Ponti Style Loggia Chairs 1950's
H 33.46 in. W 20.87 in. D 17.32 in.
On Hold
Vintage Original
Pair of High Back Chairs in the Style of Gio Ponti
H 46.46 in. W 15.94 in. D 18.31 in.
Alexis Vanhove
Pair of Ladder-Back Side Chairs
H 39 in. W 16.5 in. D 19 in.
Home114
Gio Ponti Desk for the Vetrococke Offices, 1939
H 26.77 in. W 37.4 in. D 16.54 in.
Angela Weber Moebel
Gio Ponti Custom Table
H 15 in. W 6 ft. D 13.5 in.
Pascal Boyer Gallery
Gio Ponti Floor Lamp
H 5 ft. Dm 30 in.
rewire
Gio Ponti Attributed Elegant Small Desk
H 30.51 in. W 44.49 in. D 25.59 in.
On Hold
Demosmobilia
Armchair by Gio Ponti, Cassina, circa 1945
H 32.68 in. W 27.56 in. D 29.53 in.
Jochum Rodgers
Gio Ponti Glass Sculpture by Venini
H 0.59 in. W 5.91 in. D 5.91 in.
Compasso
Italian 1960's Gio Ponti "Leggera" Style Armchair
H 29.53 in. W 24.41 in. D 28.74 in.
Vintage Original
Gio Ponti Style Coffee Table
H 15.75 in. W 41.75 in. D 18 in.
Orions Objects
Parchment Secretary by Gio Ponti
H 36 in. W 43 in. D 15 in.
Harbor View Center For Antiques
Arredoluce Wall Lights
H 38 in. W 13.5 in. D 5 in.
rewire
Pair of Gio Ponti Chairs by Isa, 1956
H 34.25 in. W 16.93 in. D 17.72 in.
Compendio Gallery
A double-sided Cabinet
H 45.47 in. W 39.37 in. D 16.53 in.
Bakelita
Gio Ponti "SuperLeggera" Chairs- Set of 4
H 32.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Galerie XX
two chairs " superleggera " by  Giò Ponti
H 32.68 in. W 17.72 in. D 16.14 in.
Alkimya
Gio Ponti "Inverno" Ceramic Vase
H 7.5 in. W 6 in. D 6 in.
Galerie XX
1958 Folding Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
H 27.56 in. W 33.07 in. D 30.71 in.
Concept 900
Walnut Headboard by Gio Ponti
H 42.75 in. W 10 ft. 10 in. D 16 in.
WYETH
Pair of "Nifea" Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
H 28.5 in. W 19 in. D 30 in.
ABC Modern
Rare Polsino Floor Lamp By Gio Ponti
H 45.67 in. W 11.02 in. D 7.09 in.
Olibil Olivier Biltereyst
Pair of Vintage Italian Armchairs
H 32 in. W 27 in. D 23 in.
Palm Beach Antique and Design Center
Perfect Little Italian Bench
H 16 in. W 23.5 in. D 16 in.
Barbarella Home
Beautiful Large Circa 1930 Art Deco Period Commode
H 35.04 in. W 6 ft. 1.6 in. D 20.47 in.
Galerie Richard Duflot
Pair of Office Chairs Designed by Gio Ponti
H 32.68 in. W 23.62 in. D 22.83 in.
Deposito A
Gio Ponti Style Supperlegga Chair
H 4 ft. 3 in. W 16.5 in. D 17 in.
Mode Moderne
Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Cabinet, Mahogany, circa 1960, Italy.
H 6 ft. 0.8 in. W 7 ft. 1 in. D 20.08 in.
GALERIE HARTER
Gio Ponti Flower Tiles
H 30.5 in. W 18.25 in. D 1.5 in.
a La MOD INC
Armchair 437 by Gio Ponti, Cassina, Circa 1945
H 43.31 in. W 28.74 in. D 34.25 in.
Jochum Rodgers
"Fantasia Italiana" Plate by Gio Ponti
H 14.75 in. W 14.75 in. D 1.25 in.
Sam Kaufman Gallery
Pirellone Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
H 15.5 in. W 8 in. D 6.25 in.
Nicholas Kilner
Massive Italian Factory Table att. to Gio Ponti
H 37.25 in. W 11 ft. 6.5 in. D 22.5 in.
birdie
Six Italian Dining Chairs
H 30 in. W 23 in. D 22 in.
Stellar Union
Elegant wooden oval Italian side table 1960s
H 25.2 in. W 21.65 in. D 29.53 in.
Walter Design
Italian Modernist Leather Sofa
H 35 in. W 7 ft. 4 in. D 36 in.
Patrick Parrish
Aplique by Giò Ponti
H 11.81 in. W 6.69 in. D 4.72 in.
Anna Maria Consadori Arte Antiquariato Design
Side Table in the Style of Gio Ponti
H 25.5 in. W 22 in. D 18 in.
Antiquities
Pair of Dining Chairs By Gio Ponti
H 33 in. W 17 in. D 19 in.
Skalar Modern
Italian Glass Console Table 1950 Fontana Arte style
H 25.59 in. W 27.56 in. D 19.69 in.
Mass Modern Design
Gio Ponti Style Arm Chair
H 31 in. W 20 in. D 25 in.
Flow Modern
Gio Ponti Vase
H 7 in. W 8 in. D 6.5 in.
Sutter Antiques
Gio Ponti Brass Mirror
H 29.5 in. W 21.5 in.
Modest Designs
A Rosewood Executive Desk by Dassi
H 29.13 in. W 6 ft. 3.6 in. D 37.4 in.
Lampedo
Pair of "Gabriela" Chairs by Gio Ponti
H 41.73 in. W 22.44 in. D 23.62 in.
Compasso
Gio Ponti Desk for the University of Padua
H 27.5 in. W 35.25 in. D 19.63 in.
Orange