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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Floor Lamp Made by Fontana Arte
Fred Silberman
Floor Lamp Made by Fontana Arte
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Glass, Lacquer
Stylish floor lamp made in Milan 1957 by Fontana Arte designed by arch Gio Ponti, red lacquered shade on a swing arm that projects in its height, base in glass.
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Ceramic Vase by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Ceramic oval shaped vase, tapered, by Gio Ponti for Ginori, Italy, circa 1930. Measures: Height 7 in, body measures 8 in x 6 1/2 in. Signed.
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Porcelain Footed Urn Vase by Gio Ponti for Richard...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
Porcelain footed urn vase, with gold ceramic leaf form applications, by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930s. Height 7 3/4 in. Diameter 6 in, width 7 3/4 in.
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Gio Ponti Ogivali Table Lamps, for Fontana Arte
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Glass
Pair of aluminum and textured glass Ogivali table lamps, of pointed oval shape, with top ring decoration, by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1967. Signed with decal manufacturer's la...
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Rare Pair of Armchairs, Design Gio Ponti in 1948
Deposito A paris
Rare Pair of Armchairs, Design Gio Ponti in 1948
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Armchairs
Velvet, Wood
Rare pair of armchairs, design Gio Ponti in 1948. It is a model of Gio bridges used in various naval and hotel furnishings between the years 40 and 50. We have documentation and expert...
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Rare Sofa, Design Gio Ponti, 1948
Deposito A paris
Rare Sofa, Design Gio Ponti, 1948
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Sofas
Velvet, Wood
Rare sofa, design Gio Ponti, 1948. It is a model of Gio Ponti used in various naval and hotel furnishings between the years 40 and 50. We have documentation and expertise, Archive Gio ...
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Rare Pair of Coffee Tables by Gio Ponti
Almond & Co.
Rare Pair of Coffee Tables by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ash, Iron
A pair of coffee tables with hexagon shaped tops and three triangular shaped black iron legs. The table tops are made of ash veneer and each retains the original metal label "ISA Italia...
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Gio Ponti Nightstands, 1958
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Gio Ponti Nightstands, 1958
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Night Stands
Gorgeous nightstands by Gio!
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"A Canne" Decanter by Gio Ponti for Venini
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
"A Canne" decanter by Gio Ponti for Venini, red and white Latticino technique.
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Single Gio Ponti Plate, Italy, 1960s
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Colorful plate designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. Label on the back. Perfect for bringing a splash of color to any room. Six separate sets with different designs are av...
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Gio Ponti "Morandiane" Venini Glass Bottle
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Morandiane glass bottle with stopper by Gio Ponti for Venini Murano. Model created in 1946. Engraved Venini, Italian, 1950. Original Venini stamp on a side.
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Rocking Chair in Walnut Designed by Gio Ponti for ...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Rocking Chairs
Walnut
Very rare rocking chair also named "a dandolo" by Gio Ponti the designer. Manufactured by Cassina in walnut, red fabric, elasticized straps. Some traces of wear on the wood surfac...
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Gio Ponti Dining Table and Four Chairs, 1951
Cassina, Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Brass, Walnut
Gio Ponti dining set. Produced in 40" and 48" presented here is the larger model with four chairs by Italian designer Gio Ponti, produced by M. Singer & Sons in 1951 refinished in la...
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Gio Ponti Dining Table by Singer & Sons
Gio Ponti, Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Dining Room Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Elegant and Classic Gio Ponti design features tapered legs capped in brass. A single 14" leaf extends the table to 62". Singer & Sons label. Refinished in a dark chocolate brown. This i...
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Pair of Side Tables, Gio Ponti, Isa Edition, Italy...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Ash, Iron
Ashwood hexagonal tops, raised on three triangular supports formed from a single length of black-painted iron. Literature: Gio Ponti: Le Genie du Design, Exhibition Catalog, 2012 model ...
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Pair of Sconces by Gio Ponti, Lumi Editions, Italy...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Metal
Two-light sconces, composed of polished and painted brass, model 575, with original Lumi plaque on the reverse. Literature: Gio Ponti: L'Arte si Innamora Dell'Industria, La Pietra, page...
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"Polsino" Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
Donzella Ltd.
"Polsino" Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, Dino Gavina Studio Simon
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Large, curved perspex panels in bright orange and white. Polished chrome mounts and one Edison socket. Made by and sold through Gavina. Literature: Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-19...
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'A Canne" Glass Carafe by Gio Ponti for Venini
Venini, Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Blown Glass
An 'A Canne" glass Carafe by Gio Ponti for Venini with teal and white canes. Base has polished pontil and bears no visible factory mark. Height: circa 8 1/2 in. References: Le...
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Gio Ponti for Ginori Table Lamp, Italian, 1920s
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Table Lamps
Ceramic, Linen
Ceramic table lamp decorated with a classical figural scene, in a footed urn form, by Gio Ponti for Ginori, Italian, 1920s. Signed to underside. Overall height 18 in. Shade diameter: 12...
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White and Brass Ponti B-683 Laurel Floor Lamp
Barbarella Home
White and Brass Ponti B-683 Laurel Floor Lamp
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
White enamel and brass gooseneck floor lamp, Ponti design for Laurel. Very good original condition. Shade 10" H x 12" D.
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Elegant Cocktail Table by Gio Ponti for M. Singer ...
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Model # 2137. Delicate walnut base floating a rectangular travertine top. A great example of Ponti's post war designs for the American market.
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Pair of Stools by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950's
Bernd Goeckler Antiques
Pair of Stools by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950's
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Walnut
Pair of walnut stools, each with asymmetrical handles and stretchers, supporting a leather upholstered seat. "Certificate of Authenticity" from the Gio Ponti Archives in Milan. OUR R...
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Pair of Chairs with Stools Gio Ponti, Italy, circa...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Wood
Stained wood tapered legs on leather-covered wooden structures for the chairs and the stools. Measures: Stools height 16", width 25", depth 25". OUR REFERENCE N9446
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Gio Ponti for Christofle Pair of Italian Art Deco ...
Gio Ponti, Gallia
Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Candle Holders
Silver Plate
Measures: 8 1/4" high; 7 7/8" wide; 5 3/8" deep. With two arms in shape of a Horn with a central arrow on a circular base. Impressed O. Gallia/ 6055/ Christofle silver plate poinc...
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Gio Ponti for Ginori Porcelain Tea Set, circa 1930...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Tea Sets
Porcelain
Porcelain tea set comprising eight cups and saucers, a tea pitcher, sugar and creamer, with images of boxers on outer surface, with blue rims, by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Italian, ...
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Gio Ponti Parchment Desk or Secretaire
Collection20C
Gio Ponti Parchment Desk or Secretaire
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Secretaires
Parchment Paper, Pine
Gio Ponti secretary. Italy, circa 1938. Vellum over wood, Italian walnut, lacquered wood, brass . Secretary features two drawers and a drop-front writing surface concealing storage. ...
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Gio Ponti Segmented Coffee Table
Frank Landau - Selected Design Objects & Fine Art
Gio Ponti Segmented Coffee Table
Gio Ponti, ISA International Inc.
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Laminate, Metal, Wood
Rare and beautiful segmented coffee table designed by Gio Ponti. Seven identical tables, each with a honeycomb shape and three triangular legs, can be configured to almost any form you ...
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Set of Six Giò Ponti Chrome "Superleggera" Dining ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome, Wire
Set of six Giò Ponti, chrome frame, "Superleggera" dining chairs with black vinyl wire woven seats.
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Framed Ceramic Tile by Gio Ponti for Ginori
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Decorative Art
Ceramic, Wood
Framed ceramic tile, the subject a woman in the countryside, by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, Italian 1920s. In original wood frame. Signed. Dimensions of frame 8 in square. (Item #4012...
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Gio Ponti for Ginori Ceramic Vase
Jon Howell Antiques and Design
Gio Ponti for Ginori Ceramic Vase
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Black glazed ceramic vase with gold bird decoration and flared rim, by Gio Ponti for Ginori, Italian, 1920s. Signed. Measures: Height 3 5/8 in, diameter of top 4 3/8 in.
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Vase by Gio Ponti Produced by Richard Ginori, Ital...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
White porcelain vase decorated with gold leaves on the sides, raised on an oval socle. The front of the vase decorated with Copia, the Goddess of Abundance. OUR REFERENCE N10100
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Pair of Wall Lights by Gio Ponti, Model 575 "Quadr...
Gio Ponti, Lumi
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Lacquer
Gio Ponti (1891-1979) & Lumi (éditeur). Pair of Wall Lights "Quadri Luminosi" model 575 designed by Gio Ponti in 1960. Manufactured by Lumi, Italy. Reverse of each with manufac...
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Pair of Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs
Almond & Co.
Pair of Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs
Linen, Oak
A very rare pair of armchairs in oak by Gio Ponti retaining the original Cassina label. The chairs are a variation on model #811 and were designed in 1957. Each can be adjusted to five ...
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Gio Ponti "Dezza" Cowhide Sofa by Poltrona Frau
Walter Design
Gio Ponti "Dezza" Cowhide Sofa by Poltrona Frau
Gio Ponti
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Cowhide, Leather
Gio Ponti "Dezza" cowhide with black leather sofa by Poltrona Frau. Originally designed in 1965, this is a re-edition 1st series from 1993. Every sofa is unique cause of the differen...
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Gio Ponti Occasional Table
20CDesign.com
Gio Ponti Occasional Table
Gio Ponti, Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Gio Ponti occasional table for M. Singer & Sons in a highly-figured Italian walnut. Model no. 2136. This piece is in mint condition and retains the original label.
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Gio Ponti Vase for Neoponti, 1940
Lost City Arts
Gio Ponti Vase for Neoponti, 1940
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
A stunningly classic design by Gio Ponti for Neoponti, produced by Costantino.
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Two Pairs of Stools by Gio Ponti
Maison Rapin/88 Gallery Paris
Two Pairs of Stools by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Corner Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Gio Ponti(1891-1979). Two pairs of stools (4 stools). Elm tree, new fabric( blue like for an hotel in Sorrento decorated by Ponti.) Two pairs of stools in wood with upholstered seats...
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Italian Gio Ponti 1960s Lounge Chairs
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Italian Gio Ponti 1960s Lounge Chairs
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Armchairs
Leather
From owner's private collection, put your 1st dibs on this rare pair of Ponti lounge chairs from the Parco Dei Principi Hotel.
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Six Leggera Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina Ash, F...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ash, Faux Leather, Foam
A group of 6 '646 Leggera' chairs designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Ashwood, foam padding, leatherette upholstery. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
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Wall Mirror Model F.A. 33 Desgined by Gio Ponti
LA Studio
Wall Mirror Model F.A. 33 Desgined by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Wall Mirrors
Brass, Wood
Wall Mirror model F.A. 33 desgined by Gio Ponti, with structure made in wood and frame made in tube of brass.
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Gabriella Gio Ponti Armchair for Walter Ponti Mant...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Wood
A very interesting old "Gabriella" Gio Ponti white lacquered wood folding chair covered in white leather maybe a prototype or first edition signed on the small plate, per Walter Ponti B...
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Gio Ponti ''Ninfea'' Chairs, 1958, Published with ...
Gio Ponti, Fratelli Reguitti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Fabric, Walnut
Beautiful pair of 1958 Gio Ponti "Ninfea Pieghevole" folding lounge chairs finished in italian walnut with the original red fabric. This pair come with a hand signed certificate from Sa...
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Gio Ponti Important Zodiac Chandelier by Fontana A...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Crystal, Glass
Gio Ponti important zodiac chandelier. Fontana Arte. Italy, 1936. Carved crystal, frosted glass, enameled aluminum. Literature: Domus, No 131, November, 1938. Always a fave of mi...
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Pair of Gio Ponti for M. Singer and Sons Lounge Ch...
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Linen, Walnut
Iconic and rare pair of Italian lounge chairs with brass details designed by Gio Ponti for M. Singer and Sons, circa 1950s. Newly reupholstered in Italian beige linen. Walnut fully r...
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Rare Pair of Early Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
Donzella Ltd.
Rare Pair of Early Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Great sculptural forms of dark stained teak. Wing back detail and bullet front feet. These chairs were created for Casa Giampiccoli, Turin, Italy between 1927-1929. They are sold with a...
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Set of 12 Leggera Chair Designed by Gio Ponti for ...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs
Ash
Set of 12 leggera chair designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, with structure made in solid ashwood and seat upholstered in Kitengue (original African ceremonial cloths).
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Two '646 Leggera' Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina ...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ash, Fabric, Foam
Two '646 Leggera' chairs designed by Gio Ponti. Ash wood, foam padding, fabric upholstery. Manufactured in Italy by Cassina, 1950s.
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Chair 'Pontiponti' 'Gabriela' by Gio Ponti
Galerie 3107
Chair 'Pontiponti' 'Gabriela' by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs
Steel
Chair 'Pontiponti' aka 'Gabriela' and 'Sedia di poco sedile.' Design by Gio Ponti (1971). Manufactured by Pallucco, Italy. Chrome-plated steel, black vinyl upholstery. Measures: W 5...
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Gio Ponti Chandelier Six-Arm
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s American Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
For over 50 years The Roseland in Times Square has played host to many of the greats from Duke Ellington to the Rolling Stones. When the renowned venue underwent renovation, the Gio Pon...
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Gio Ponti Silver Plated Candelabra for Christofle ...
Gio Ponti
Early 2000s French Modern Candle Holders
Silver Plate
This is a master design for the well known Italian designer Gio Ponti. This Candelabra expands like an accordion and can be used in different lengths.
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Wall Clock by Gio Ponti for Boselli
Gio Ponti, Boselli
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Beautiful wall clock by Gio Ponti for Boselli. Pure squared shape, aluminum case and neutral background make this watch a milestone in wall clock design production.
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Horse and Foal Sculpture in 1978 by Gio Ponti, Sab...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s French Sculptures
The horse and foal in 1978 by Gio Ponti Sabatini edition. Designed in collaboration of two Italian designers Gio Ponti architecte and et designer and Lino Sabattini designer and editor...
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Four Gio Ponti Leggera Dining Chairs in Ashwood an...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dining Room Chairs
Four beautiful Gio Ponti Leggera chairs in superbly patinated ashwood and new brocade upholstery.
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Set of Ten "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassi...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs
A set of ten dining chairs by Gio Ponti in ash with rush seats woven in a basket weave pattern, all retaining their original label. Two sets of ten chairs are available.
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Devil's Face Sculpture by Gio Ponti for P Sabattin...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Sculptures
The Devil's Face sculpture by Gio Ponti 1978 Sabattini Edition. Designed in collaboration of two Italian designers Gio Ponti architect and et designer and Lino Sabattini designer and...
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Mani by Gio Ponti for Lino Sabattini, 1978
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Mani by Gio Ponti for Lino Sabattini, 1978
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Sculptures
The Mani by Gio Ponti for Lino Sabatini, 1978. Designed in collaboration of two Italian designers Gio Ponti architecte and et designer and Lino Sabattini designer and editor for Maison...
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Set of Three Gio Ponti Plates #3, Italy, 1960s
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Set of three colorful plates designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. Label on the back. Perfect for bringing a splash of color to any room. Six separate sets with different des...
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Set of Three Gio Ponti Plates #1, Italy, 1960s
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Set of three colorful plates designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. Label on the back. Perfect for bringing a splash of color to any room. Six separate sets with different des...
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Set of Five Gio Ponti Plates #2, Italy, 1960s
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Set of five colorful plates designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. Label on the back. Perfect for bringing a splash of color to any room. Six separate sets with different desi...
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Set of Three Gio Ponti Plates #2, Italy, 1960s
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Set of three colorful plates designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. Label on the back. Perfect for bringing a splash of color to any room. Six separate sets with different des...
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