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Gio Ponti

Italian, 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, mirrors 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.

Ponti's 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, which was 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.

Find a range of vintage Gio Ponti desks, dining chairs, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Gio Ponti 'Bilia' Table Lamp in Brass for Fontana Arte
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Glendale, CA
Gio Ponti 'Bilia' table lamp in brass for Fontana Arte. Executed in a brushed brass metal frame with a mouth blown white glass diffuser, transparent cord with dimmer and plug. One of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti

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Gio Ponti Silver Plate Soliflores for Fratelli Calderoni, Italy, 1960s, Set of 6
By Calderoni, Gio Ponti
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Enhance your home decor with this stunning set of six Gio Ponti Silver Plate Soliflores, crafted by Fratelli Calderoni in Italy during the 1960s. Designed by the legendary architect ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti

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Gio Ponti's rare four crossed wooden spokes coffee table
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
COD-2535 Gio Ponti (1991-1979) Rare four crossed wooden spokes coffee table with glass top. 1950s manufacturing. Authentication certificate from the Ponti archive. 105xh39
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti

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Set d 6 chairs Superleggera, Gio Ponti, Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, Lombardia
This incredible set of 6 Superleggera chairs designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1950 embodies the elegance and lightness of modern aesthetics. These iconic chairs feature clean, sl...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti

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Straw, Wood

  • Set d 6 chairs Superleggera, Gio Ponti, Cassina
  • Set d 6 chairs Superleggera, Gio Ponti, Cassina
  • Set d 6 chairs Superleggera, Gio Ponti, Cassina
  • Set d 6 chairs Superleggera, Gio Ponti, Cassina
H 28.75 in W 17.72 in D 16.15 in
Pair of Armchair Gio Ponti Casa e Giardino, 1930s Full Restoration by Greenapple
By Greenapple, Casa e Giardino, Gio Ponti
Located in Lisboa, PT
Collectible Vintage Italian armchair designed by Gio Ponti for the Casa e Giardino manufacturing company in the late 1930s. This iconic design piece has been completely restored fro...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti

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Brass

Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare set of 6 original Superleggera (super light) chairs designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina in Italy in 1957. The 699 Superleggera, which has been a star in Cassina's ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti

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Cane, Ash

  • Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
  • Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs Cassina Italy 1957
  • 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
Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte Suspension lamp mod. 0024 metal and glass design 1933
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Milan, IT
An iconic design by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte in 1933, this chandelier is a classic of Italian design. With its timeless elegance and a geometrically simple idea, this chandelier ca...
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1930s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti

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Gio Ponti, Wall Light, from the Villa Goldschmidt, Buenos Aires, circa 1957
By Arredoluce, Gio Ponti
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
This very rare wall light was designed by Gio Ponti circa 1957, produced by Arredoluce, Monza and hung in the Villa Goldschmidt, Buenos Aires, Argentina. An identical example is to ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti

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Gio Ponti Leggera
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Gio Ponti Leggera
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The Leggera chair is as striking on its own as it is in any setting, which is just as Giò Ponti (1891–1979) intended.  The gifted Milanese architect — who also designed, taught and wrote — studied architecture at the esteemed Polytechnic University of Milan, graduating in 1921. A stint in an architectural office followed, as did award-winning porcelain designs for Richard Ginori. In 1928, Ponti launched the revered design journal Domus, promoting the Novocento movement, which decried the “fa...
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Pirellone Floor Lamp
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Gio Ponti furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gio Ponti furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gio Ponti furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 567 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 129 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Gio Ponti were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini, and Osvaldo Borsani. Prices for Gio Ponti furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $83 and can go as high as $88,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,193.

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