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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 Five Doors Sideboard in Walnut and Mahogany for Singer & Sons, 1950s
By M. Singer & Sons, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
20th-century sideboard by Gio Ponti with five doors in walnut veneer with mahogany interior, brass handles, and keys. Production date end of 1940 beginning of 1950. Accompanied by t...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Brass

Gio Ponti Sideboard in Oakwood Casa & Giardino, 1930s, Italy
By Gio Ponti, Casa e Giardino
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Oak

Gio Ponti, Rare Double Dresser, Walnut, for Singer & Sons, America, 1950s
By M. Singer & Sons, Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An iconic and rare double dresser / cabinet. Designed by Gio Ponti in his signature style where the grips of the drawers form a highly modernist ornamentation. Production of studio-l...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Walnut

Gio Ponti, Rare Dresser, Walnut, for Singer & Sons, America, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An iconic and rare double dresser / cabinet. Designed by Gio Ponti in his signature style where the grips of the drawers form a highly modernist ornamentation. Production of studio-l...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Walnut

Gio Ponti Cabinet
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in New York, NY
Rare 3-door cabinet designed by Gio Ponti. Produced for M. Singer & Sons, model # 2160. Walnut cabinet featuring 3 front doors with knife-edge detailing, raised on tapering legs. 2 d...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Walnut

Gio Ponti Credenza for M.Singer & Sons
By Gio Ponti
Located in San Francisco, CA
Gio Ponti credenza for M.Singer & Sons, Model 2184. Highly quality construction with gorgeous figured walnut case and doors on original tapered legs. Original caned doors with a fitt...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Cane, Walnut

Gio Ponti Cabinet
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in New York, NY
Rare three-door floating cabinet by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Mahogany cabinet raised on tapering legs. Three knife-edge doors set into a bevelled frame. Interior drawers and ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Wood

Gio Ponti Cabinet from Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome, 1964
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Gio Ponti cabinet from Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome, 1964 Important cabinet by Gio Ponti produced for Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome, 1964 Chest of drawers produced by Giordano...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Brass

Gio Ponti rosewood and white laminate cabinet from Hotel PdP Rome, 1964
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Important cabinet by Gio Ponti produced for Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome, 1964 Chest of drawers produced by Giordano Chiesa and designed from Gio Ponti Three drawers rosewood...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Brass

Gio Ponti Angular Cabinet Walnut Art Deco Execution Paolo Lietti, Cantù of 1925
By Paolo Lietti & Figli, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful corner cabinet with elevations designed by Gio Ponti, made by Paolo Lietti of Cantù, 1925. Art Deco. The corner panel comes from the furnishings of Villa Guidi in Legnano....
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Gio Ponti Cabinets

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Bronze

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Gio Ponti Ash and Satin Armchair for Boucher and Fils Edition, 1950
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Gio Ponti Low Table in Wood and Glass for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, 1950
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Gio Ponti and Luigi Scremin Console Table in Walnut, 1940s, Italy
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Night Stands by Gio Ponti, Italy 1943
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  • Night Stands by Gio Ponti, Italy 1943
  • Night Stands by Gio Ponti, Italy 1943
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Rare Gio Ponti Display Cabinet Model 4120 for Singer & Sons
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
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Gio Ponti Cabinet for Singer and Sons
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Gio Ponti Sideboard
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Rare Gio Ponti Display Cabinet Model 4120 for Singer & Sons
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Chicago, IL
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Gio Ponti Cabinet
By M. Singer & Sons, Gio Ponti
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Extraordinary 1930 cabinet designed by Gio Ponti for Paolo Lietti & Figli
By Paolo Lietti & Figli, Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
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