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Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

Giò Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)
Giò Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Giò 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 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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Gio Ponti, Wingback / Lounge Chair, White and Blue Fabric, Oak, Cassina, 1950s
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare and iconic lounge chair / wingback chair designed by Gio Ponti. Produced by Cassina in the 1950s. The design captures the quintessence of Italian midcentury design. This c...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs Model 516
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Pair of sculptural walnut armchairs, model 516, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1955. Ponti’s creativity can be seen in the many details including the rising open armrests, mini...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Armchairs Model 516 in Walnut
By Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, wood, grey upholstered fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina. T...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Gio Ponti ''Ninfea'' Chairs, 1958, Published with Certificate from Ponti Archive
By Gio Ponti, Fratelli Reguitti
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful pair of 1958 Gio Ponti "Ninfea Pieghevole" folding lounge chairs finished in italian walnut with the original red fabric. This pair come with a hand signed certificate from...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Gio Ponti, Rare Organic Lounge Chair, Dark Stained Oak, Velvet, Italy, 1940s
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare organic modernist lounge / high back armchair. Designed by Gio Ponti. Legs in stained oak. Produced by Cassina. Literature: P. Piccione, Gio Ponti Le Navi, Ed. idea, varia...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Oak, Fabric

Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino Pair of Ivory Velvet Armchairs
By Gio Ponti, Casa e Giardino
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino pair of armchairs or lounge chairs with gently curved backrests and tapered Italian walnut legs, Italy, circa 1938. Classic and elegant in their design,...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Walnut, Wood

Very Rare Set of Two Lounge Chairs and Stool by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Munich, DE
Foam and wonderful fabric in good condition. Very rare low back version. Made by Cassina.
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1950s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Bonacina1889 Continuum Indoor Armchair Rattan, Upholstered, Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Bonacina 1889
Located in Lurago d'Erba, IT
Design by Gio Ponti for Bonacina 1889, 1963. Gio Ponti with a single sign, a continuous line, gives the idea of continuity and plasticity. Inspired by traditional seats, it includes...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Rattan, Rattan

Gio Ponti for ISA Pair of Ivory Bouclé Armchairs
By Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Gio Ponti in 1936 and manufactured by ISA Bergamo in the 1950s, pair of upholstered armchairs or lounge chairs with elegantly curved back and signature brass legs. These ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé

Gio Ponti, Rare Lounge Chair, Augustus Ocean Liner, Beach, Fabric, Italy, 1950
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare organic lounge chair, designed and produced for the First Class Ballroom of the Augustus transatlantic ocean liner. Produced by Cassina, Meda, Italy, 1950. Legs in stained b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Beech

Gio Ponti Wingback or Lounge Chair
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Gio Ponti for the Hotel Royal Naples and manufactured by both Cassina and Dassi, this armchair has the classic shape of a wingback chair but with the modernist lines and ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Gio Ponti Gabriella Chair
By Gio Ponti, Pallucco
Located in Dronten, NL
Elegant limited edition lounge chair designed by Gio Ponti and made by Pallucco. Edition nr. 002/100. Literature: Gio Ponti, The Complete Work, 1923-1978, Ponti, pg. 245. Marked w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs Model 803
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti for Cassina pair of armchairs model 803 with sky blue velvet upholstered back and seat, faux leather sculptural arms, and rosewood legs, Italy, circa 1954. Fully restored,...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Faux Leather, Rosewood

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Walnut Armchairs Model 516
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina model 516 pair of sculptural armchairs or lounge chairs, with white and navy cotton linen upholstered cushions on walnut frames, Ita...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Variation on Gio Ponti Lounge Chair, Italy, 1950s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Maastricht, NL
A variation on the model 811 lounge chair, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. The elm wingback frame has original Pirelli rubber straps, newly applied. When desired, a cushion can b...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Italian Midcentury Sofa and Pair of Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti for ISA, 1955
By Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, stunning living room set by Gio Ponti for Editions ISA, Bergamo, 1955 including a pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern armchairs or lounge or wingback or high back chairs and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Pair of Italian Wingback Lounge Chairs / Armchairs by Gio Ponti, Model 512
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern hi-back lounge chairs / armchairs, model #512 by Gio Ponti. Recently re-upholstered in Italy of Italian cotton. Documentation: See Gio P...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Cotton, Hardwood

Giò Ponti Gabriela Lounge Chair in Black Faux Leather Pallucco Production
By Pallucco, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Giò Ponti iconic 'Gabriela' lounge chair in black faux leather. Pallucco production, 1991. Reference: Gio Ponti, The Complete Work, 1923-1978, Ponti, pg. 245.   
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1990s Italian Industrial Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Faux Leather, Hardwood

Gio Ponti Rare Pair of Lounge Chairs
By Dassi, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Designed for the Royal Hotel in Naples, Italy and produced by Dassi. A great pair of wing-chairs with tapering wood legs. These chairs have been authenticated by the Gio Ponti Archiv...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Gio Ponti Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Rare pair of open armchairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Sculptural low arm chairs, model #516. Walnut frame and 2-toned upholstered seat back cushions. Manufactured in Italy by Cassina.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Italian Midcentury Hi Back Lounge Chairs / Armchairs by Gio Ponti, 1955
By Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, stunning pair of Italian Mid-Century Modern armchairs or lounge or wingback or high back chairs by Gio Ponti, 1955 for Editions ISA, Bergamo. Featuring high backs, a scu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Hardwood

Stunning Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Dallas, TX
Stunning pair of chairs designed by the Italian designer Gio Ponti. Completely restored and newly upholstered with silk velvet, ebonized conical wood legs. Model Bergere from the ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Pair Gio Ponti Silk Lounge Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Pair Gio Ponti silk lounge chairs. Silk lounge chairs with painted wood feet, designed for "Casa e Giardino" by Gio Ponti. Original silk fabric.
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1930s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Silk, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Armchair by Gio Ponti for Bristol Hotel in Merano
By Gio Ponti
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a pair of armchairs of Mid-Century Modern chairs by Gio Ponti for Bristol Hotel in Merano, Italy. Made in Italy, circa the 1940s. Chairs have been restored w...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Velvet, Wood

Very Rare Set of Two Lounge Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in Munich, DE
Foam and fabric redone. Designed by Gio Ponti in 1958 for the Hotel Parco dei Principe in Sorrento / Italy.  
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs, Model 512, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Miami, FL
Model 512, 1940s, literature- gio ponto- ugo de la pietra with certificate from ponti archives, original fabric in very good condition.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

Pair of "Pontiponti" Chairs by Gio Ponti for Pallucco
By Paolo Pallucco, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Rare set of two "Pontiponti" chairs by Gio Ponti for Pallucco.
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1980s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs 'B' 'New Upholstery'
By Gio Ponti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
A pair of lounge chairs designed by Gio Ponti. Its sensual curves and the elegantly tapered legs give the chairs a sculptural and modern look and feel. These sumptuous lounge chairs ...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Very Rare Triposto Bench by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Munich, DE
Made by Tecno in a limited edition in 1991, based on a prototype from 1967. Can be used with or without the loose cabinet.
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1990s Italian Modern Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

Elegant No. 829 Armchair and Stool by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in Munich, DE
Adjustable armchair and stool designed for the Parco dei Principe in Sorrento. Original velvet upholstery offers great comfort in various seating positions.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Wood

Gio Ponti Chairs from Augustus Ocean Liner First Class Bar
By Gio Ponti
Located in Hingham, MA
Set of six extremely rare and coveted original lounge chairs designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Cassina, Italy for the First Class bar of Italia Line's MV Augustus. These were sal...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Gabriella Folding Chairs Model D.270.2 by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Designed in his later years in 1970, Gio Ponti's Gabriella folding chair model no D.270.2 is a modern interpretation of historical folding chairs that were praised for their mobility...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Gio Ponti Armchairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gio Ponti Armchairs from legendary -Parco dei Principi Hotel, Roma.
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1960s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Lounge Chairs

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Fabric, Wood