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.

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Pair of Lounge Chairs, Model 12 and Ottoman by Gio...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Lounge Chairs
Ottoman measures: 19.25 W x 17.5 H x 16.6 D inches. Sold with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives. Signed with metal manufacturer's label to each element: [New Line P...
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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 Pair of Armchairs
Ormond Design Editions
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs
Gio Ponti
20th Century Swiss Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of armchairs designed by Gio Ponti. Re-upholstered with blue fabric. Excellent condition.
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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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Rare Gio Ponti Apta Folding Table, Italy
Vintage Home
Rare Gio Ponti Apta Folding Table, Italy
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Wood
Gio Ponti console from the Apta series Made by Walter Ponti, Italy, circa 1970 lacquered wood 73 w x 34 d x 29 h inches This table measures 11.5-inches in depth when leaves a...
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Gio Ponti "Eclissi" Fabric
Casati Gallery
Gio Ponti "Eclissi" Fabric
Gio Ponti
2010s Italian Textiles and Quilts
Cotton, Linen
Gio Ponti "Eclissi" fabric. Made in Italy, Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1950 / 2010. Official reproduction of Manifattura Jsa. Available in cotton and linen. SOLD BY THE YARD  
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1930s Dufono Intercom by Gio Ponti for Ducati
Vintage Objects
1930s Dufono Intercom by Gio Ponti for Ducati
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Curiosities
From the pen of the world renowned designer/architect Gio Ponti the Dufono Intercom System was introduced around 1935 and stayed in production until the factory was bombed flat in 1944....
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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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Gio Ponti "Legge Mediterranea" Fabric
Casati Gallery
Gio Ponti "Legge Mediterranea" Fabric
Gio Ponti
2010s Italian Textiles and Quilts
Cotton, Linen
Gio Ponti "Legge Mediterranea" fabric. Made in Italy, Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1950 / 2010. Official reproduction of Manifattura Jsa. Available in cotton and linen. Available in large...
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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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Gio Ponti Pair of Chairs for Cassina
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Gio Ponti Pair of Chairs for Cassina
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Splendid Gio Ponti pair of chairs for Cassina. Modell no. 111 Newly reupholstered.
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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 for a tot...
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Set of Five Gio Ponti Plates #1, 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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Gio Ponti Armchair for Cassina
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Gio Ponti Armchair for Cassina
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Gio Ponti armchair model. 110 for Cassina.
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Gio Ponti Vase by Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930
Modern Design Connection
Gio Ponti Vase by Richard Ginori, Italy, 1930
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Gold
A Gio Ponti designed; hand painted and brown glazed Richard Ginori porcelain vase with gold decoration and a décor with a dove, Signed with the company brand (ugl.-red, supplemented...
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Gio Ponti Headboard and Daybed for X Selettiva of Cantu'
Casati Gallery
Gio Ponti Headboard and Daybed for X Selettiva of ...
Gio Ponti, Brugnoli Mobili Cantú
20th Century Italian Beds
Brass, Wood
Gio Ponti headboard and day bed for X Selettiva of Cantu'. Brugnoli Mobili Cantu', Italy, 1947-1973. lacquered wood, bronze, upholstery. Measure: 70¾ W x 82¾ D x 42¾ H in (178 x 2...
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Custom-Made Cabinets by Gio PontiOn Hold
Compasso
Custom-Made Cabinets by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Cabinets
Wood
Custom-made cabinets by Gio Ponti. Walnut frame and lacquered doors with rectangular central stripe decoration. First of three twin pieces available from the same interior design proj...
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Gio Ponti for Brevetti Reguitti Ninfea folding cha...
Gio Ponti, Fratelli Reguitti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Beech, Cane
Rare Gio Ponti for Brevetti Reguitti, Ninfea folding chair, Italy, c.1959, beech, original caning, signed with stamped Brevetti Reguitti mark. In excellent restored conditions. Literat...
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Collection of Colorful Bowls by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Serving Bowls
Porcelain
These 13 porcelain bowls are each decorated with a roundel of pure color. Designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Ceramica Franco Pozzi in the late 1960s, these bowls, especially when dis...
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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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Italian Game Table by Gio Ponti for Fratelli Regui...
Gio Ponti, Fratelli Reguitti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Beech, Felt, Walnut
Wonderful and well-known Gio Ponti Game Table, designed in 1958 and manufactured by Fratelli Reguitty in Italy. The table is made of beech and has a reversible table top in veneered wal...
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Gio Ponti Gabriella Armchair by Pallucco, Italy
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Armchairs
Leather, Stainless Steel
Chrome-plated steel, vinyl. Limited edition nr 022/100. Measures: 23.25 W x 24 D x 42 H. Literature: Gio Ponti, The Complete Work, 1923-1978, Ponti, pg. 245.
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Set of Four "Leggera" Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti f...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of four "Leggera" chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Wood frame and original upholstery.
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Desk by Gio Ponti, Alberto Rosselli & Antonio Fornaroli
88 Gallery
Desk by Gio Ponti, Alberto Rosselli & Antonio Forn...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Desk in teak, enamelled metal and brass by Studio PFR. Six drawers with angular handles, the top and sides also with angular lines typical of the work of Gio Ponti. In 1952 Gio Ponti w...
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"Matrona Distesa" Porcelain by Gio Ponti for Pitto...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Porcelain
Celadon
Extraordinary "Matrona Distesa" (lying matron) Celadon glazed porcelain designed by Gio Ponti for Pittoria di Doccia (Richard Ginori's branch) in the 1920s. Manufacturer's mark under th...
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Rare Three-Door Floating Cabinet by Gio Ponti for ...
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Mahogany cabinet raised on tapering legs. Three knife-edge doors, set into a beveled frame so the doors appear to float. Interior drawers and open shelves. This cabinet was studio-made ...
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Extremely Rare Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Pair of Starb...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Glass
A rare set of sconces by Gio Ponti for Arredoluce, Italy. The sconces are from the early 1950's and are in wonderful condition.
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Pair of Luna Floor Lamps design by Gio Ponti
Casati Gallery
Pair of Luna Floor Lamps design by Gio Ponti
Arredoluce, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Plexiglass
"Luna" pair of lamps, design by Gio Ponti from Villa Arreaza, Caracas. Floor lamps or garden lamps. Arredoluce, Italy, 1954. Enameled aluminum, acrylic, enameled brass. Measures...
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A Gio Ponti"Polivaso" vase edited by Christofle
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Metal
A silver plated vase designed by Gio Ponti in the 50's ,edited By Christofle for the Gallia collection.
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1950s Italian Gio Ponti Trolley
Vittorio Ragone Antique & Design
1950s Italian Gio Ponti Trolley
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
1950's Italian Gio Ponti trolley
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Midcentury Set of For Chrome and Rattan Italian Di...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome
Brilliantly designed in polished chrome with rattan seats. Elegant with a strong presence they measure 41" tall, 20" wide and 18" deep (seat height 18 1/2")
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Gio Ponti Flatware for Luxury Store De Bijenkorf
Vervlogenjaren
Gio Ponti Flatware for Luxury Store De Bijenkorf
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Flatware cutlery. Design: Gio Ponti. Specially produced by Arthur Krupp Milano for De Bijenkorf. Eight forks, eight spoons and eight knives
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Gio Ponti "L'ospitalità Vase", Richard Ginori Por...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Vases and Vessels
Porcelain
A Gio Ponti Designed, Hand Painted and Glazed, Richard Ginori Porcelain Vase depicting the Goddess Hospitality. The opposite side is decorated with a Sea Themed Fountain. The underside ...
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Two Silvered Metal Hands by Gio Ponti for L. Sabat...
Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Sculptures
Metal
Two silvered metal hands by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) for L. Sabattini, 1978, Italy. Left and right hands. Signed : Sabattini Italy-design Gio Ponti, 1978. Measure: Height 32 and 35 cm....
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Early 20th Century Walnut Coffee Table for La Rina...
Gio Ponti
Early 20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
Walnut coffee table attributed to Gio Ponti. Manufactured by Domus Nova for 'La Rinascente' concept store. In 1928, La Rinascente department store sells under the brand Domus Nova...
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Desk by Gio Ponti for the Hotel "Royal Continental...
Gio Ponti, Dassi
Vintage 1950s Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Maple
Desk / vanity table designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Dassi in 1953 for the Hotel "Royal Continental" in Naples, of which Gio Ponti conceived all the interiors. Maple wood struc...
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Headboard by Gio Ponti for the Hotel "Royal Contin...
Gio Ponti, Dassi
Vintage 1950s Italian Bedroom Sets
Maple
Headboard designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Dassi in 1953, exclusively made for the Hotel Royal Continental in Naples, of which Gio Ponti was in charge of the interior design. T...
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Headboard by Gio Ponti for the Hotel "Royal Contin...
Gio Ponti, Dassi
Vintage 1950s Italian Bedroom Sets
Mahogany
Headboard designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Dassi in 1953, exclusively made for the Hotel Royal Continental in Naples, of which Gio Ponti was in charge of the interior design. T...
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Pair of Gio Ponti "Chair of Little Seat" Chairs
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Wood
Pair of "chair of little seat" chairs in white lacquer designed by Gio Ponti, and produced by Walter Ponti, circa 1968. One of Gio Ponti's last chair designs, and one of the few designs...
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Wall Clock by Gio Ponti-BoselliOn Hold
Spazio 900
Wall Clock by Gio Ponti-Boselli
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Clocks
Wall clock by Gio Ponti-Boselli. Project of 1936.
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Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Compasso
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Marble, Wood
Remarkable coffee table by Gio Ponti. Sold with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.
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Silvered Devil's Face by G. Ponti for Lino Sabatti...
Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Sculptures
Metal
The Devil’s face, 1978, by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) for Lino Sabattini, 1978, Italy. Refined silvered metal bended face with pointed hair. Signed and dated: "Sabattini Italy design Gio P...
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Set of Four Armchairs by Gio Ponti & Carlo di Carl...
Cassina, Gio Ponti, Carlo di Carli
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of armchairs by Gio Ponti and Carlo di Carli. In clear lacquered walnut. New fabric. Expertly restored recently. This chair was first presented at the IX Triennale in Milan, Italy i...
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Gio Ponti for Ginori Table Lamp, Italian, 1920s
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Table Lamps
Ceramic, Silk
Ceramic table lamp decorated with a classical figural scene, in a footed urn form, by Gio Ponti for Ginori, Italian 1920s. Shade diameter: 12” x 16H x 4” base width. WINTER SALE - 4...
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DePoli Enamel -Copper Vase by Gio Ponti with exper...
Gio Ponti, Paolo De Poli
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Beautiful enamel on copper vase designed by Gio Ponti for DePoli. Signed at DePoli on the bottom and comes with expertise from the Gio Ponti archives.
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Coffee Table by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A walnut and travertine coffee table designed by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons.
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Gio Ponti Coffee Table, Production Fontana Arte, c...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass
Gio Ponti (1891-1979), coffee table, Golden brass structure and glass top, Production Fontana Arte, Italy, circa 1970. Expertise Gio Ponti Archives N°15158/000. Measures: Height 46...
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Gio Ponti Hand Mirror by Fontana Arte
Good Design
Gio Ponti Hand Mirror by Fontana Arte
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Mirrors
Glass
Hand mirror designed by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte. Black glass bonded to mirrored glass. Designed in 1932, executed in 1961. Mirror is 9" x 5" x .25" Glass shows minor age appropriate ...
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Set of Four Wall Lights, "Quadri Luminosi," Model ...
Gio Ponti, Lumi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Metal
Set of 4 Wall Light "Quadri Luminosi" model 575 designed by Gio Ponti in 1960. Manufactured by Lumi, Italy. Reverse of each with manufacturer’s label impressed with “LUMI”, please ...
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Gio Ponti Champagne Cooler for Krupp
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Metal
Gio Ponti champagne cooler for Krupp.
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Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa Coffee Table
Rita Fancsaly
Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa Coffee Table
Fontana Arte, Pietro Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
"Tenaglia" Coffee table in lacquered oak, top in thick glass. Designed by Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa for Fontana Arte, circa 1938. Cm 89x56 - H. cm 46
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Set of Four Gio Ponti Leggera Chairs by Cassina
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Ash, Lacquer, Leather
In 1952 Gio Ponti designed for Cassina the Leggere chairs drawing inspiration from the Chiavari straw chairs that had always fascinated him. They were very successful but Ponti continue...
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