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Gio Ponti Furniture

Gio Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)

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.

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Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Pair of Italian Armchairs for Casa e Giardino
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern pair of armchairs designed by iconic designer Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino. Structure made of solid wood and newly upholstered in off-white wool bouclé ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Set of Four ‘Leggera’ Ashwood Italian Chairs, 1951
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Cotton, Wood

Gio Ponti Set of Six Black Lacquered Ashwood "LEGGERA" Italian Chairs
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
A stunning Set of Six dining chairs of an icon of design model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina. Made of black lacquered ashwood, seat reupholstered in African c...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Ashwood Leggera Italian Chairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Pair of Wood Satin Fabric Italian Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Brass, Cotton, Linen, Wood

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Walnut Wood Italian Table Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Furniture

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Brass, Walnut

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Solid Wood and Glass Italian Side Table
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Side table designed by Gio Ponti. Structure made of solid wood with original mirror on top, Italy, 1930s. Includes Gio Ponti archives certificate. Our main target is customer sat...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Walnut Wood Italian Table Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Furniture

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Midcentury Gio Ponti Set of Twelve Leggera by Cassina Wood Linen Italian Chairs
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of twelve chairs model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti. This is the first "Leggera" edition that was edited by Cassina in 1951. Made of solid ashwood structure, the seat and bac...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Canvas, Linen, Wood

Gio Ponti Set of Eight Ashwood and Green Leather "Leggera" Italian Chairs, 1960s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of eight chairs model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) and edited by Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with seat upholstered in its original green plain leather...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Pair of Wood Satin Fabric Italian Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Furniture

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Brass, Cotton, Linen, Wood

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