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Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

Italian, 1891-1979
Italian, 1891-1979

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian modernism.

Ponti (1891–1979) 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 Colombo 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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Creator: Gio Ponti
Mid-Century Paolo De Poli Red Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo De Poli (1905–1996) in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Made of red enameled copper and brass, circa 1960.
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By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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Washbasin Pontlab Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1953
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
By removing the architectural clothing to the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the sink cup, relief collars that belong the profiles, you arrive in the true form, says Po...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s, Yellow Color
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Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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Ceramic

Mid-Century Paolo De Poli Blue Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo de Poli (1905–1996) in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Made of blue enameled copper and brass, circa 1960.
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Midcentury Paolo De Poli Blue Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, Circa 1960
By Gio Ponti, Paolo DePoli
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo de Poli (1905–1996) in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Made of blue enameled copper and brass, circa 1960.
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Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s, Color, Cliff Green
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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Ceramic

Washbasin Pontlab by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1953
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
By removing the architectural clothing to the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the sink cup, relief collars that belong the profiles, you arrive in the true form, says Po...
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Rare Set of Ceramic Tiles by Gio Ponti for Ceramica D'Agostino
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Rare set of ceramic tiles by Gio Ponti for Ceramica D'Agostino. A bunch of leaves with different size and autumn and spring colors. 80 colored pieces can be combined with additiona...
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Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s, Color - Sea Green
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Pair of Sinks by Gio Ponti with G. Labalme, G. Pozzi and A. Rosselli, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Italy, 1953-1954. Gio Ponti designed this piece with his collaborators George Labalme, Giancarlo Pozzi and Alberto Rosselli. This sink was produced by Ideal Standard. "By taking...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Bathroom Fixtures by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard, 1950s, Color, Powder Pink
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Located in Montelabbate, PU
Sanitary ware designed by Gio Ponti for Ideal Standard. By removing the architectural clothing from the appliances, the column that pretends to hold the bowl of the washbasin, the ra...
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Gio Ponti building and garden elements for sale on 1stDibs

The Gio Ponti building and garden elements are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gio Ponti building and garden elements, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 4 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original building and garden elements by Gio Ponti were created in Italy during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider building and garden elements by Venini, Paolo De Poli and Luigi Caccia Dominioni. Prices for Gio Ponti building and garden elements can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $3,215, while pieces like these can sell for $2,100 on average.

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