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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Gio Ponti Silver Plate Sculpture "Le Mani" 1978, O...
Lino Sabattini, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Sculptures
Silver Plate
Gio Ponti silver plate sculpture "Le Mani" 1978, original edition by Sabattini. One hand with five fingers and another hand with six fingers. Signed and dated with engraved manufactur...
"Bilia" Lamp by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte Edition...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps
Metal, Opaline Glass
"BILIA" lamp by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte Edition, 1960. Rare lamp designed by Gio Ponti in 1931. The base consits in a conical foot withe lacquered wich supports a large satin whi...
Silvered Spherical Flower Vase by Gio Ponti for Ch...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Sheffield and Silverplate
Metal
Description: 
A spherical flower holder.
 This model is called “Mars” in the Christofle catalogue of the 1950s. Artist: Gio Ponti. Maker:
 Christofle, Collection Gallia. Signature/...
Gio Ponti Beautiful Vase
Gio Ponti Beautiful Vase
Gian Marco Volpi
Gio Ponti Beautiful Vase
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Beautiful vase designed by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. San Cristoforo production. It comes from a private collection from Buenos Aires. Amazing vase with lid depicting an angel. ...
Gio Ponti, "Dezza" Pair of Armchairs, Poltrona Fra...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Metal, Wood
Gio Ponti, "Dezza" pair of armchairs, Poltrona Frau manufacturer. Leather covered beechwood with horse upholstered cushions. Metal label "New Line Poltrona Frau," circa 1965, Italy....
Gio Ponti, "Dezza" Sofa, Poltrona Frau Manufacture...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Wood
Gio Ponti, "Dezza" sofa, Poltrona Frau manufacturer. Leather covered beechwood with horse upholstered cushions, circa 1965, Italy. Height: 70 cm, width: 136 cm, depth: 80 cm. Biog...
Two Pairs of Stools by Gio Ponti
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...
Gio Ponti Vanity from Royal Hotel Naples
Gio Ponti Vanity from Royal Hotel Naples
eccola
Gio Ponti Vanity from Royal Hotel Naples
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Vanities
Nickel, Oak
Ponti piece of perfection from the Royal Hotel in Naples with nickel mirror and nickel swank sabots.
Gio Ponti Nightstands, 1958
Gio Ponti Nightstands, 1958
eccola
Gio Ponti Nightstands, 1958
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Night Stands
Gorgeous nightstands by Gio!
Pair of Stools Designed by Gio Ponti
Pair of Stools Designed by Gio Ponti
LA Studio
Pair of Stools Designed by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Brass, Fur, Goat Hair
Pair of stools designed by Gio Ponti, upholstered in natural Mongolian goat fur.
Gio Ponti Small Writing Table
Gio Ponti Small Writing Table
Kimcherova
Gio Ponti Small Writing Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Ash, Brass
Small writing table in ashwood with three drawers and brass handles and feet by Gio Ponti (1891-1971), Italy, circa 1940. The tables were used as a desk with a type writer on top at the...
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Nicholas Kilner
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Oak
Coffee table by Gio Ponti, in oak with glass top and brass hardware, Italy, circa 1950s.
Rare Gio Ponti Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack
Rare Gio Ponti Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack
CONVERSO
Rare Gio Ponti Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Glass, Walnut
Ponti vertical wall rack, walnut and glass angled and arranged in order for book or magazine collection. Showing mostly large vintage Domus issues. Cleat on back for simple secure ha...
Gio Ponti, "Gabriela" Chairs, 1971
Gio Ponti, "Gabriela" Chairs, 1971
Robertaebasta
Gio Ponti, "Gabriela" Chairs, 1971
Gio Ponti, Paolo Pallucco
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chairs
Leather, Steel
Gio Ponti, two chairs "Gabriela" o "di poco sedile". Pallucco. Steel and black leather, Italy, 1971. Dimensions: cm 59 x 70 x 106 H.
Gio Ponti Console / Table
Gio Ponti Console / Table
Kimcherova
Gio Ponti Console / Table
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Ash
Console / table in ash with two drawers with nickel-plated feet by Gio Ponti, (1891-1979), Italy, circa 1960. Available pair of console /table. Comes with letter of authenticity by Gi...
Wicker Armchair Designed by Gio Ponti
Wicker Armchair Designed by Gio Ponti
Holly Johnson Antiques & Interior Design
Wicker Armchair Designed by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Lounge Chairs
Bamboo
A wicker armchair designed by Gio Ponti. Made by Vittoro Bonacina & Co, Como. Bamboo cane. Ponti conceived the chair whilst furnishing the “Conte Biancamano” luxury liner. Italy, ci...
Set of Twelve "Leggera" Dining Chair by Gio Ponti,...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of twelve "Leggera" dining chair by Gio Ponti, 1950s.
Gio Ponti Drop-Leaf "Apta" Table
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Wood
A very rare circular drop-leaf "Apta" table designed by Gio Ponti, circa 1970. The table top swivels for the leaves to drop and is lacquered with a geometric pattern in orange and red. ...
Modernist Colorful Plate Designed by Gio Ponti, It...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Dinner Plates
Modernist colorful plate, designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. The colors create a powerful and dramatic look of energy. It's in perfect conditions and marked on the back. ...
Modernist Colorful Plate Designed by Gio Ponti Pla...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Dinner Plates
Modernist colorful plate, designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. The colors create a powerful and dramatic look of energy. It's in perfect conditions and marked on the back. ...
Modernist Colorful Plate Designed by Gio Ponti Pla...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Ceramics
Modernist colorful plate, designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. The colors create a powerful and dramatic look of energy. It's in perfect conditions and marked on the back. ...
Modernist Colorful Plate Designed by Gio Ponti, It...
Gio Ponti
20th Century Italian Dinner Plates
Modernist colorful plate, designed by Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi. The colors create a powerful and dramatic look of energy. It's in perfect conditions and marked on the back. ...
Group Four Chairs by Gio Ponti Stained Ash Wood Le...
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Ash, Faux Leather
A group of four chairs designed by Gio Ponti, stained ash wood, leatherette seat. Manufactured in Italy, 1950s.
Ceiling Light by Gio Ponti for Arredoluce, Italy, ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount
Brass, Plastic
Patinated brass circular structure with eight radiating rectangular fins, encompassing a white perspex diffuser.  
Ceiling Light by Gio Ponti for Arredoluce, Italy, ...
Arredoluce, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount
Brass, Plastic
Patinated brass circular structure with eight radiating rectangular fins, encompassing a white perspex diffuser.
Set of Four Chairs by Gio Ponti, circa 1956
Set of Four Chairs by Gio Ponti, circa 1956
The Gallery
Set of Four Chairs by Gio Ponti, circa 1956
Cassina, Gio Ponti, Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Walnut, Fabric
Rare set of four chairs model 116 designed by Gio Ponti; Manufactured by Singer & Sons, circa 1956; Reupholstery in white fabric, walnut. A certificate from the Gio Ponti Archives ...
Custom Eight-Drawer Desk by Gio Ponti
Custom Eight-Drawer Desk by Gio Ponti
Donzella Ltd.
Custom Eight-Drawer Desk by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
From a small edition created for administrative offices in Forli, Italy. Blonde wood desk with red linoleum top, shingled drawer faces and brass cuffs at feet. A great, graphic form tha...
Set of 12 Gio Ponti Ash Chairs, Model 687, Italy, ...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Ash, Fabric
A rare set of 12 Gio Ponti ash dining chairs. Designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, model 687, design 1953. This set of chairs has been restored and re-upholstered in plain off white f...
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs, Model # 516
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs, Model # 516
Kimcherova
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs, Model # 516
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Pair of armchairs, # 516, in dark mahogany stained walnut designed by Gio Ponti, (1891-1979 ), produced by Cassina, Italy, circa 1950. Label on seat: Amedeo Cassina, Milano.
Gio Ponti a Decorative Panel Hand-Painted in Acryl...
Gio Ponti
Late 20th Century Italian Paintings
Acrylic
Made for department stores Shui-Hing in Hong Kong, early 1970s. (See certification attached by Luisa Licitra Ponti). Provenance: Apartment of Gio Ponti in Via Dezza, 49 Milian, publish...
Gio Ponti A Decorative Panel in Perspex Hand-Paint...
Gio Ponti
Late 20th Century Italian Paintings
Acrylic
Made for department stores Shui-Hing in Hong Kong early 1970s. (see certification attached by Luisa Licitra Ponti). Provenance: Apartment of Gio Ponti in Via Dezza, 49 Milian, publishe...
Quadro di Luce by Gio Ponti, Re-Edition by Pollice...
Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Gio Ponti used to say that his Quadro in Luce were "no decorations but allegories". Wall lamp with direct, indirect and partially diffuse light. Brass in the outside area, matt white...
Quadro di Luce, Gio Ponti, Re-Edition by Pollice I...
Gio Ponti
2010s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Gio Ponti used to say that his Quadro di Luce were "no decorations but allegories". Wall lamp with direct, indirect and partially diffuse light. Brass in the outside, matte white ...
Silver Plated Vase by Gio Ponti for Gallia
Silver Plated Vase by Gio Ponti for Gallia
Galerie QUARTZ
Silver Plated Vase by Gio Ponti for Gallia
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Vases and Vessels
Silver Plate
Rare V-shape silver plated vase designed by Gio Ponti for Sabattini and edited by Gallia Italy.
Matched Pair of brass wall lights by Gio Ponti fro...
Gio Ponti, Lumi
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Two brass wall lights by Gio Ponti designed and made in Italy in early 1960s. Produced by Lumi. Model number 575. Published. These two wall lamps have brass and painted geometr...
Hexagonal Quadro Di Luce Wall Sconce, Gio Ponti, R...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Gio Ponti used to say that his Quadro di Luce were "no decorations but allegories". Wall lamp with direct, indirect and partially diffuse light. Brass in the outside, matte whit...
Floor Lamp Made by Fontana Arte
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.
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.
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.
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...
Rare Pair of Armchairs, Design Gio Ponti in 1948
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...
Rare Sofa, Design Gio Ponti, 1948
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 ...
Rare Pair of Coffee Tables by Gio Ponti
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...
"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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
"Polsino" Table Lamp by Gio Ponti
"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...
'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...
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...
White and Brass Ponti B-683 Laurel Floor Lamp
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.
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.
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
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...
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, ...
Gio Ponti Parchment Desk or Secretaire
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. ...
Gio Ponti Segmented Coffee Table
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 ...