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Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Model 516
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Pair of sculptural walnut armchairs, model 516, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1955. Ponti’s creativity can be seen in the many details including the rising open armrests, mini...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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  • Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Model 516
  • Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Model 516
  • Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Model 516
H 32 in. W 25.5 in. D 31.5 in.
Gio Ponti Pair of 'Model 516' Lounge Chairs for Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, black and white balder fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cass...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti Italian Midcentury Armchairs Model N. 516 Cassina, 1956
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in bari, IT
Superb pair of 516 model armchairs designed by Maetstro Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1956. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina. The chairs have a few...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Cherry

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Armchairs Model 516 in Walnut
By Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, wood, grey upholstered fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina. The...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Walnut Armchairs Model 516
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Rovereta, SM
Two armchairs modell '516' solid walnut. Beautiful original condition whit original label.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Walnut Armchairs Model 516
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina model 516 pair of sculptural armchairs or lounge chairs, with white and navy cotton linen upholstered cushions on walnut frames, Ita...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, black and white balder fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Ca...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, black and white balder fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Ca...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Armchairs Model 516 by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1950s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of armchairs model 516 by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of Gio Ponti Walnut Ebonized Chairs Model No 516 for Cassina, 1950s
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Rovereta, SM
A pair of armchairs, model 516, designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina in the 1950s. Walnut wood ebanized and fabric. Upwards rising arms and vertical open slats on the back. Ea...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Model no. 516 Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of model no. 516 Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti, c. 1950s, manufactured by Cassina
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Vintage 1950s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti Model No. 516, circa 1955
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Pair of lounge chairs by Gio Ponti model no. 516, circa 1955.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Pair of Gio Ponti Walnut Chairs Model No 516 for Cassina, 1950s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
A pair of armchairs, model 516 , designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina in the 1950s. Walnut wood and fabric. Upwards rising arms and vertical open slats on the back. Each chai...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti Biography and Important Works

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Giò 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 Colombo 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.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — 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 styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring 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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.