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Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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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Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa Sculptural Coffee Table in Maple
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa, coffee table, maple, glass, Italy, 1950 Coffee table by Gio Ponti in maple. The base is rather stunning. Four legs with horizontal slats are connected...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Maple

Molteni&C D.847.1 Writing Desk deisgn Gio Ponti in Solid Ash Wood
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
More than 70 years after its original design, the D.847.1 console table is reborn thanks to the Heritage Collection reissue project by Molteni&C, in collaboration with the Gio Ponti ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Molteni&C D.552.2 Small Coffee Table in Rosewood and Glass by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage collection, this coffee or small table is a re-make of the D.552.2 designed initially in the 1950s by iconic designer Gio Ponti for the company M. Sing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Rosewood

Molteni&C D.555.1 Small Coffee Table in Steel and Tempered Glass by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Part of the Molteni&C Heritage Collection, this small or coffee table is re-make of the D.555.1 designed initially in 1954-1955s by Gio Ponti for his own house, located in via Dezza ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Gio Ponti Pair of Black Side Tables Mirrored Glass Tops Asymmetrical Forms
By Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Italian master architect Gio Ponti black lacquered compass legs side tables with mirrored glass tops by Pietro Chiesa. All original. The slightly blue tinted mirrored glass ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut, Glass

Molteni&C D.552.2 Coffee Table Gio Ponti Design Glass
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Architecture, a pan virtuosity, acrobatic proportions and an intersection of joints. 100% Made in Italy Based on the original drawings from the Ponti Archives Geometric dialogue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Molteni&C D.555.1 Coffee Table Gio Ponti Design Glass
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
A design represented straight from Gio Ponti’s house, located in via Dezza in Milan. 100% Made in Italy Based on the original drawings from the Ponti Archives Metal hand painted...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons Travertine Top Coffee Table
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons Travertine top coffee table. The table has nice sculptural walnut legs and the original travertine top.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

Gio Ponti Coffee Table Giordano Chiesa Italy 1930 Walnut Wood Glass Top
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Catania, IT
Very rare Gio Ponti coffe table manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy, 1930. Walnut wood, glass top. Excellent vintage patina. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Gio Ponti Low Table Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa with expertise, Milano 1956
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Splendid low table designed by Gio Ponti in 1956 ca. Walnut body with round glass top, brass feet and brass holders for the glass top. Very good original condition, with beautiful pa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti, Art Edition, the Planchart Coffee Table and a Set of Four Art Prints
By TASCHEN, Molteni, Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This numbered Art Edition of 1,000 copies (Hardcover book, 36 x 36 cm, 572 pages) is accompanied by an exclusive, square format reproduction of the Arlecchino coffee table designed b...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Steel

Gio Ponti 1990s Fontana Arte Pair of Clear Glass and Nickel Round Side Tables
By Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
This Italian pair of Minimalist sofa or end tables are a statement of purist design where the simplicity becomes true elegance. Designed by Gio Ponti in 1932 and manufactured by Font...
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1990s Italian Organic Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Nickel

Gio Ponti, Set of 3 hexagonal low Tables for ISA BERGAMO, Italy, 1950s
By ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti
Located in Beirut, LB
Gio Ponti Set of 3 hexagonal tables Wood, metal, laminate Edited by ISA BERGAMO (Original tag below each table) Italy, 1950s Possible to sell them separately.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal

Oak and Glass Coffee Table by Gio Ponti, Italy 1940
By Gio Ponti
Located in North Miami, FL
Italian stiletto-legged oak and glass coffee table, designed in 1940 by Gio Ponti. Its delicate, lightweight structure was an early study in the ideas used to great effect in his ico...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Oak, Glass

Rare Table La Pesca della Sirena by Gio Ponti & Pietro Chiesa for Luigi Fontana
By Pietro Chiesa, Luigi Fontana, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful and rare round coffee table designed by Gio Ponti and Pietro Chiesa for Luigi Fontana in 1935. The rare Gio Ponti coffee table was made with ebonized wood and an etched mi...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass, Mirror

Gio Ponti Coffee Table for Singer & Sons
By M. Singer & Sons, Gio Ponti
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern rare and singularly elegant coffee table by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons, Italy, early 1950s. Solid walnut base with glass top.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

"Tavolino 1932" Coffee Table Designed by Gio' Ponti for FontanaArte
By Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
"Tavolino 1932" is a classic coffee table, originally designed by Gio' Ponti in 1932 and manufactured by FontanaArte, made of two 0.59" th. discs of float glass and featuring a frame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass, Nickel

Gio Ponti Sofa Table in Wood and Glass Fontana Arte, 1950s, Italy
By Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Gio Ponti low sofa table with lacquered wood structure and ground glass top. Prod. Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950 ca. Measures: cm 108 x 47 x 42 Literature: R. Aloi, Esempi di arredame...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Gio Ponti Servomuto Coffee Table for Fontana Arte, 1930
By Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Exquisite 'Servomuto' coffee table in nickel-plated brass, crystal and opaline glass. Designed by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte, 1930s. Licterature: L. Falconi, Gio Ponti: interni, o...
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1930s Italian Other Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal, Brass

Gio Ponti Wooden and Crystal Coffee Table with Two Shelves from 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Wooden coffee table with two shelves and crystal top designed by Gio Ponti in 1950s.   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Gio Ponti Two-Tiered Ash Coffee Table with Glass Top, Italy 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti's genius doesn't require explaining and here is another example. Possessing all of the beauty you would expect with the addition of a very functional bottom shelf under the...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Ash

Coffee Table by Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brussels, BE
Coffee table by Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte.
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Crystal

Gio Ponti Cocktail Table
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Important and rare Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons cocktail table Model 1101. Elegant, angular form is carved from exquisite Italian walnut. Smooth tempered glass surface lends a ligh...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Pair of Gio Ponti Black Walnut Lacquered Side Tables from Hotel Royal Naples
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Pair of luggage-racks, side tables designed by Gio Ponti and executed by Giordano Chiesa for the Hotel Royal, Naples, 1955 in 2005 arch. Cristina Longo used original items from Hote...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Pair of black lacquered Walnut Side Tables Mirrored Glass Tops
By Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa
Located in Rovereta, SM
Pair of Italian master architect Gio Ponti black lacquered walnut side tables with mirrored glass tops by Pietro Chiesa. From the circa 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Dallas, TX
Model # 2137, solid walnut base with travertine top. Curved and tapered legs. Retains paper label, M. Singer and Sons.
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1950s American Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Gio Ponti Fontana Arte Coffee Table Wood Cristal 1938 Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Gio Ponti Fontana Arte coffee table wood cristal 1938 Italy.
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1930s Italian Other Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass

Cocktail Table by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Rovereta, SM
A rare and singularly elegant model 1101 cocktail table by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons, Italy, early 1950s. Solid walnut base with brass sabots and original glass top, a sign of auth...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Gio Ponti for Singer and Sons Italian Walnut and Exotic Marble Coffee Table
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Dallas, TX
Iconic coffee table designed by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons in Italian walnut with exotic stone top.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Gio Ponti Coffee Tables for I.S.A., Italy, circa 1950
By I.S.A. Italy, Gio Ponti
Located in Rovereta, SM
The set of seven modular coffee tables in metal, black formica laminate and oakwood designed by Gio Ponti for I.S.A. Italy, circa 1950. Modular tables have a hexagonal shape and have...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

Gio Ponti Grid Pattern Coffee Table circa 1945-1948
By Gio Ponti
Located in Encino, CA
Exceptional and spectacular round grid pattern coffee table by Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa. Multiple fruit woods base with a glass top. Italy, circa 1945-1948. Literature: Arredame...
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1940s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Fruitwood

Gio Ponti Coffee Table for Fontana Arte
By Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Simple, elegant and functional coffee or cocktail table. Suspended on tapered brass legs are two levels of glass. Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Fontana Arte ca. 1955. Gla...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Round Coffee Table Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte, 1960s Black Trasparent Glass
By Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Elegant coffee table Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte, 1960s, It consists of two circular slabs of thick glass, and a central support in black lacquered metal, has small scratches due to ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Metal