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.

Gio Ponti Brass Table Mirror Fontana Arte on Green Marble Block, 1955
Gio Ponti Brass Table Mirror Fontana Arte on Gr...
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Table Mirrors
Brass, Mirror, Marble
Vanity table mirror designed by Gio Ponti for the vanity of Hotel Royal, Napoli, 1955 and produced by Fontana Arte in 1955. Original piece customized by CG with green marble suppo...
Rare Gio Ponti Mahogany Coffee Table by Fontana Arte with Original Crystal
Rare Gio Ponti Mahogany Coffee Table by Fontana...
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
A rare documented Gio Ponti mahogany coffee table documented in ESSEMPI by Roberto Aloi. Original 20 mm crystal glass top by Fontana Arte. Very heavy.  
Gio Ponti Dolphin Candelabra by Christofle, 1925
Gio Ponti Dolphin Candelabra by Christofle, 1925
Gio Ponti, Christofle
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Candlesticks
Silver Plate
Very rare Gio Ponti Dolphin candelabra by Christofle. Collection Gallia, Italian design and French manufacture, circa 1925 Stamped with manufacturer's hallmark to base with the doub...
Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Loung...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, black and white balder fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Ca...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.552.2 Small Coffee Table
Molteni Gio Ponti D.552.2 Small Coffee Table
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Rosewood
Architecture, a pan virtuosity, acrobatic proportions and an intersection of joints. An infinite table which is a geometric dialogue between the glass and rosewood lightness and abst...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.655.1 Wood Sideboard
Molteni Gio Ponti D.655.1 Wood Sideboard
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sideboards
Brass, Satin, Wood, Elm, Mahogany, Rosewood, Walnut
Marked by hand-painted white drawer fronts with applied handles in various wood kinds (elm, Italian walnut, mahogany and rosewood). Chest of drawers designed in several versions in ...
Venini Gio Ponti Wall Sconce in Multi-Color by Gio Ponti
Venini Gio Ponti Wall Sconce in Multi-Color by ...
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Art Glass
Glass wall sconce with gold-plated metal finishes. A bright pop of color to enliven any living space. Also available in various sizes, colors and as a chandelier. Dimensions: 25 c...
Gio Ponti Brass Mirror, 1930s
Gio Ponti Brass Mirror, 1930s
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror
Very refined brass mirror by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte. Remaining old label of Fontana Arte on the back of the mirror The mirror still has its original beveled mirror in perfect c...
Gio Ponti Desk for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Italy, 1950s
Gio Ponti Desk for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Beautiful walnut desk by Gio Ponti for the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Mantova. The handles and feet are brass. Has been left in its charming original conditions but can be re-fini...
Gio Ponti Loveseat for Hotel Parco Dei Principi
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Stunning loveseat designed by Gio Ponti in the 1960s for the Hotel Parco Dei Pricipi in Rome. It is upholstered in green alcantara fabric at the centre and in a white vinyl on the si...
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Model # 2137, solid walnut base with travertine top. Curved and tapered legs. Retains paper label, M. Singer and Sons.
Gio Ponti Portrait on Perspex of "Le Gemelle", ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paintings
Acrylic
Gio Ponti ( 18 November 1891 – 16 September 1979 ), Portrait on Perspex "Le Gemelle" , Late 1960. This painting was inspired by a letter to Ilaria Borletti in Italy toward...
Gio Ponti "Modern Crystal Vase", circa 1970
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases
Crystal
Gio Ponti (18 November 1891–16 September 1979) "Modern Crystal Vase", circa 1970. Signed Reference: Lisa Licitra Ponti authenticated document is available upon request
Gio Ponti Design for "Manifattura Rossi" A Bucc...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Modern Figurative Sculptures
Ceramic
Carlo Alberto Rossi (Gubbio 1903-1970), Manifattura Rossi a Bucchero Female Sculpture after a Gio Ponti drawing, signed C. A. Rossi, circa 1940 Gio Ponti in the 1940s collaborated w...

Gio Ponti Lamp

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Lamp
Gio Ponti, Dino Gavina Studio Simon
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
"Polsino" table lamp by Gio Ponti Large. Curved perspex panels in bright orange and white, polished chrome mounts and one Edison socket. Made by and sold through Gavina. ...

Gio Ponti Tables

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Tables
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Glass, Ash
Custom side tables by Gio Ponti. Originally designed as petite luggage stands for a hotel outside of Florence. Bleached ash-wood, with brass runners and newly-made slab glass tops wi...
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs, # 512
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Silk, Wood
Pair of armchairs, # 512 with high back in blue or grey silk by Gio Ponti, Italy, late 1940. Comes with letter of authenticity by the Gio Ponti Archives.
Gio Ponti Curved Three-Seat Sofa, 1940
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Sofas
Upholstery
Rare, 8 foot wide curved three-seat sofa with 100 percent down filled cushions by Gio Ponti made for Fede Cheti, Italy, circa late 1930. Available in our Gallery is also a matching 6...

Paolo De Poli Vase

By Gio Ponti
Paolo De Poli Vase
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Vases
Ceramic
Large and beautiful green enameled vase designed by Gio Ponti for De Poli. Signed.
Rare Set of Ten Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco P...
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Rare set of ten plates designed by Gio Ponti as part of the "Fantasia Italiana" series, produced in the late 1960s by Ceramica Franco Pozzi. These pieces are rare to find, and a set ...
Gio Ponti for Christofle Pair of Flèche Candela...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candelabras
Silver
Silver plated candelabra designed in 1926 by Gio Ponti for Christofle and reissued in late 20th century in an edition of 200. Stamped design 'Gio Ponti' & 'Christofle France' with ha...
Gio Ponti for Casa E Giardino Pair of Armchairs...
Gio Ponti, Casa & Giardino
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut
Elegant antiqued velvet upholstered pair of armchairs with Italian walnut legs. Matching curved sofa sold separately. Ref: LU291738111093 Sold with Certificate of Authenticity from...
Iconic Gio Ponti Chairs, Italy 1958, Set of Six
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of six iconic Gio Ponti dining chairs. Beautifully designed; item restored and ready to be shipped to you.

Gio Ponti Stools

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Stools
Gio Ponti
20th Century Stools
A wonderful pair of Ponti stools. Fully documented.
Brevetti Reguitt Gio Ponti Walnut and Wicker Ni...
Gio Ponti, Brevetti Reguitti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut, Wicker
Handsome Brevetti Reguitt Gio Ponti walnut frame and wicker upholstery Ninfea folding chair, signed. Date of manufacture is circa 1958.
Pirellina Glass Table Lamp by Gio Ponti for Fon...
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
'Pirellina' table lamp designed in 1967 by Italian architect designer Gio Ponti and produced by Fontana Arte. The lamp consists of a pair of curved pressed glass sheets held in po...

Vaso Intrecciato

By Gio Ponti
Vaso Intrecciato
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Vases
Glass
A unique piece of glassware designed by Gio Ponti in the 1940s for his daughters wedding. Blown in the 1970s, with the Ponti signature. One off piece exceptional quality and comes wi...
Pair of Gio Ponti Walnut Chairs Model No 516 fo...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Fabric, Walnut
A pair of armchairs, model 516 , designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina in the 1950s. Walnut wood and fabric. Upwards rising arms and vertical open slats on the back. Each chai...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.555.1 Small Coffee Table
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables
Metal
From Gio Ponti’s house, located in via Dezza in Milan, the small table D.555.1, designed in 1954-1955, is produced by Molteni&C based on the original drawings from the Ponti archives...
Venini Gio Ponti Chandelier in Grey by Giò Ponti
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Art Glass
Glass chandelier with gold-plated metal finishes and chain. An understated and elegant chandelier option particularly suitable to an entrance or living room environment. Also availab...
Venini Gio Ponti Chandelier in Grey and Green b...
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Art Glass
Glass chandelier with gold plated metal finishes and chain. A colorful chandelier with a touch of elegance that adds color to any living room or entrance space. Also available in var...
Tablecloth and 12 Placemats by Gio Ponti, Italy...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Carpets
Linen
Set of 12 placemats (43 x 43cm, 17 x 17in) and tablecloth designed by Gio Ponti (signed) late 1950s early 1960s. This set is in the original packaging, 100% unused. Measurements: ...
Gio Ponti "Dezza" Settee
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Rosewood, Wool
A "Dezza" settee designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Poltrona Frau. Cushions covered in ivory wool flannel (down fill,) rosewood frame in matching leather with brass fitt...
Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi Set of Four...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Glazed porcelain plates. Single earlier plate with simple element and later three plates with complex elements deriving from the intersection of circles in positive and negative. Sig...
Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino Rare Armchair, It...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Brass
Rare antiqued velvet upholstered armchair with patinated brass legs. One of the most significant of Gio Ponti's houses during the 1930s was the Casa Laporte (Ponti lived there 193...
Gio Ponti Italian Walnut and Glass Coffee Table...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut, Bronze
Thick glass top on sculptural Italian walnut legs ending in bronze sabots. Sold with Certificate of Authenticity from Gio Ponti archives. Provenance: Vedani office, Milan
Vase by Gio Ponti Produced by Richard Ginori, I...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1920s Italian Art Deco Vases
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
Gio Ponti Pair of Stools
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Cotton, Walnut
Pair of small mid-century architectural stools in walnut with upholstered seats by Gio Ponti, (1891-1979) Italy, circa 1950. Comes with letter of authenticity from the Gio Ponti arch...
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.
Gio Ponti Side Table by ISA, Wood and Iron, 195...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Iron, Wood
Gio Ponti Side Table by ISA, wood and iron, 1950s, Mid-Century, Italy. In good condition with isa label. Pair available. Measures: Height 15.35, width 23 inches, depth 20 i...
Rond Dinning Table by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
Rond dinning table by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s.
Gio Ponti Drawing "Vasi Incrociati", Italy, 1950
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Drawings
A wonderfully whimsical drawing, presumably a design for what he referred to as Cross Vessels.
Molteni Gio Ponti D.151.4 Armchair
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Always passionate about nautical furnishings, Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four ocean liners and two cruise ships upgraded or built from scratch after the war, between 1949 ...
Gio Ponti Large Desk, Library Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany
Rare, large desk - library table in mahogany with three drawers and brass sabots by Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1940. The desk came from the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Bergamo. Comes...
Gio Ponti Pair of Desks or Tables
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Wood
Pair of desks or tables in ash with three drawers and handles and feet in brass by Gio Ponti (1891 - 1971), Italy, circa 1940. The desks were at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Ber...
Gio Ponti Pair Console Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Brass, Wood
Console table in ash with two drawers and nickel-plated brass feet by Gio Ponti (1891-1979), Italy, circa 1960. Comes with letter of authenticity by Gio Ponti archives.
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs from the "Paradiso ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Rare sculptural pair of armchairs in mahogany stained wood with velvet upholstery by Gio Ponti, Italy, late 1940. The chairs were designed for the lobby of the hotel "Paradiso del Ce...
Gio Ponti Dining Chairs for Singer and Sons, Se...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Dining Room Chairs
Four Gio Ponti chairs edited by Singer and Sons. Great design and craftsmanship. Subtle detail like the slight angle at the joints and slant of the curved back.
Set of Ten "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Elegant set of ten chairs “Leggera” by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Newly reupholstered with beige vinyl.
Italian Mid-Century Modern fuit wood Desk by ...
Gio Ponti, Alberto Rosselli Saporiti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Iron, Teak
Modern desk by Alberto Rosselli for Gio Ponti , manufactured in Italy in 1950's This office table has a fruit wood veneer and iron and steal frame. The piece is fully restored and i...
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 storag...
Silver Plated Tube Vase by Gio Ponti for Christ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vases
Silver Plate, Brass
Silverplated tube vase by Gio Ponti for Christofle, France, 1950s.
Gio Ponti for Casa E Giardino Curved Sofa, Ital...
Gio Ponti, Casa & Giardino
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet, Walnut
Elegant antiqued velvet upholstered curved sofa with Italian walnut legs. Matching pair of lounge chairs sold separately. Sold with "Certificate of Authenticity" from Gio Ponti arch...
Pair of Sconces Gio Ponti Lacquered Aluminium V...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum
A pair of sconces designed by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) for Ditta Greco, lacquered aluminium, methacrylate. Manufactured in Milan, Italy, 1960s.
Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Italian I.S.A. Berg...
Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Pair of Gio Ponti armchairs velvet upholstery, I.S.A. Bergamo manufacturer, Italy, 1950s.
Pair of White 1950s wicker Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
White Wicker chair set designed by Lio Carminati for Vittorio Bonacina, 1950. Carminati was a student of Gio Ponti. Ponti and Carminati originally created the chair while furnishing ...
Rare and Extensive Set of Gio Ponti Diamond Ste...
Gio Ponti, Reed & Barton
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver
Service for 36 people with over 40 serving pieces, set can be broken into smaller set in multiples of 12, over 310 pieces total.
Large Original Drawing by Gio Ponti for Touring...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Drawings
Paper
Important drawing by Gio Ponti of the Diamante line for Touring Carrozzeria Milan, documented in "Gio Ponti" "L'Arte si innamora dell'industria" by Ugo La Pietra, page 254-255. Ponti...
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