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699 Superleggera

Set of 10 Gio Ponti 699 Superleggera by Cassina in Black
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of 10 Gio Ponti 699 Superleggera by Cassina in black Manufactured since 1957, the Superleggera
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Gio Ponti 699 Superleggera by Cassina in Black, White or Ash
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices are dependent on the chosen material. Gio Ponti 699 Superleggera by Cassina. Available in
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Set Of Eight 699 "Superleggera" Chairs Designed By Gio Ponti for Amedeo Cassina.
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of eight chairs mod. Superleggera designed by Gio Ponti for Figli Di Amadeo Cassina. Made of
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Rattan, Ash

Italian Design Classic Gio Ponti, Superleggera Chair, Cassina, 2000s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Renens, CH
The "699 Superleggera" chair is an iconic design created by the renowned Italian architect and
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Cassina in Italy in 1957. The 699 Superleggera, which has been a star in Cassina's collection since 1957
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
H 32.68 in W 15.75 in D 17.33 in
14 Leggera chairs by Gio Ponti - Wood And Blue Leather - Original Conditions
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
, the 699 “Superleggera”, which is so light you’re almost worried to sit on. We are glad to offer these
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Leggera Mid Century Dining Chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
, the Leggera remains more sturdy and a little heavier than its more famous sibling, the 699
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

4 Gio Ponti Italian Chairs Leggera x Cassina - Set of Four - 1960's
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
, the 699 "Superleggera", which is so light you're almost worried to sit on. We are glad to offer these
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

sedia superleggera Mod. 699 , design Gio Ponti per Cassina, originale anni 70
By Gio Ponti
Located in taranto, IT
sedia "superleggera", di colore nero , design Gio Ponti per Cassina, originale degli anni 70
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Reed, Wood

Desk Sculptural Chair, Superleggera by Gio Ponti, 1960s, Iconic
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
and interior decoration. Amongst his most famous works, stands the 699 Chair designed for Cassina
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Wood

Sesann mirrored and steel chromed coffee table by G.Franco Frattini for Cassina
By Cassina, Gian Franco Frattini
Located in Padova, IT
: chair 646 and chair 699, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Coffee Table 784 Model by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina 70's, Italy
By Gian Franco Frattini, Cassina
Located in Padova, IT
and chair 699, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Set of 3 wooden coffee tables 777 model by Afra e Tobia Scarpa for Cassina 60s
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Padova, IT
: chair 646 and chair 699, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

1940s Mid-Century Coffee Table by Gio Ponti for Cassina in Walnut , Glass Top
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Vigonza, Padua
shape: the 646 chair and the 699 chair, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti. Among
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal, Brass

Carimate armchair 930 by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, Italy, 1963
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Padova, IT
chair 699, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti. In 1963 Vico Magistretti joins the
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Fiandra modular sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina 70s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Padova, IT
this period: chair 646 and chair 699, known as the "Superleggera", both designed by Gio Ponti. In
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

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699 Superleggera For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic 699 superleggera available at 1stDibs. Each 699 superleggera for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and velvet. There are 9 variations of the antique or vintage 699 superleggera you’re looking for, while we also have 1 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer 699 superleggera, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each 699 superleggera bearing mid-century modern hallmarks is very popular.

How Much is a 699 Superleggera?

Prices for a 699 superleggera start at $1,614 and top out at $27,044 with the average selling for $6,612.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.