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Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

Gio Ponti (Italy, 1891–1979)
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 (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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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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1970s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

Midcentury Paolo De Poli Green Enameled Copper Italian Door Handle, circa 1960
By Paolo DePoli, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-Century Modern iconic Italian door handle by the enameller and painter Paolo de Poli (1905–1996) in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Made of green enameled copper and brass, circa 1...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Copper, Brass, Enamel

Pair of Italian Brass Door Pull Handles by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: a pair of solid brass door pull handles in a sculptural shape by Gio Ponti. Beautiful design with clean modern lines. Italy, Mid-Century Modern. The clever ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Brass

Vintage Gio Ponti for Ceramica Bardelli Casa dell'Efebo Porcelain Tile Set of 6
By Ceramica Bardelli, Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Gio Ponti for Ceramica Bardelli Casa dell'Efebo porcelain tile set of 6 extremely rare. No longer in production. Sold as set of 6 tiles. 2 sets available. Each tile is 20 cm ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Building and Garden Elements

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Ceramic

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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