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Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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.

Find a range of Gio Ponti furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Vanity Console Desk Formica from Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Roma, 1964
By Gio Ponti, Giordano Chiesa
Located in Rome, IT
Rare vanity dressing table designed by Gio Ponti for the rooms of the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Roma manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, 1964. Two drawers. Aash, laminate, nickel-p...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Ash

Gio Ponti Small Desk Mid-Century Italian Design Laminate Brass Walnut
By Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Gio Ponti small desk mid-century Italian design laminate brass walnut. including Certificate of exspertire Gio Ponti Archive.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Writing Table by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Desk/vanity by Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti. Made in Italy circa 1950s. Sold with certificate of expertise from Gio Ponti Archives.
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Beech

20th Century Italian Rosewood, Mahogany Writing Table by Gio Ponti & Ico Parisi
By Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian writing table with a large slightly arched table top made of hand carved polished Rosewood and Mahogany, designed by Gio Ponti and Ic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

1960s Mid-Century Modern Giò Ponti for Singer Console for Sewing Machine
By Gio Ponti, Singer
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Console in oak wood with iron structure and brass feet, originally used to contain a Singer sewing machine. It's designed by Gio Ponti who collaborated with the italian manufacturer....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Iron

Italian Gio Ponti Mahogany Table Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1930s mahogany table desk with geometric form legs with brass sabot feet and a single drawer with a stretcher (GIO PONTI - for the University of Padua)
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Rare Executive Desk Table by Gio Ponti for Pirelli Tower in Milan, by RIMA 1961
By Gio Ponti, RIMA
Located in Rome, IT
Rare executive large desk by Gio Ponti for the Pirelli Tower in Milano 1961 Executed by RIMA PADOVA ITALY This model is very rare for the dimension, very large and not very wide (2...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

20th Century Italian Studio PFR Teak Writing Desk by Ponti, Fornaroli & Rosselli
By Alberto Rosselli Saporiti, Studio PFR ( Ponti Fornaroli Rosselli ), Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian writing table made of hand carved Teakwood, designed by Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli & Alberto Rosselli and produced by Studio PFR in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Writing Desk Designed by Gio Ponti / Scirolli, Italy, 1960s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Desk design: Gio Ponti, Manufacturer: Scirolli, Italy, 1960s This beautiful wooden desk of angular linear shapes is in original condition and has a drawer element. The inset gray-gr...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Gio Ponti Sculptural Veined Ash Dining Table or Desk, circa 1950, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredible dining table by Gio Ponti, which also would serve excellently as a desk, has been reviewed by the Gio Ponti archives and a COE (Certificate of Expertise) was created ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti + Schirolli oak writing Desk mid-century modern Italian design
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gio Ponti (1891-1979). Important desk Made for the University of Mantova manufactured by Schirolli in Italy, 1950. Walnut mid-century modern writing desk Measurements: 160 cm x ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Rare Gio Ponti Administrative Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gio Ponti desk designed in limited edition for city offices of Forlì, Italy. Original red Formica writing surface on European beechwood with 8 floating drawers. Brass base on legs. ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Beech

20th Century Italian Small Mahogany Schirolli Mantova Writing Table by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Schirolli
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian writing table made of hand carved mahogany, designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli Mantova in good condition. This rectangul...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Formica, Mahogany

Gio Ponti Office Desk in Walnut and Laminate for BNL by Schirolly 1950s Italy
By Gio Ponti, Schirolli
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Executive desk with two frontal drawers, with structure in walnut wood, top in laminate and brass details (handles and feet) designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of BNL (Banca Nazio...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Rare partners desk by Gio Ponti. Rationalist desk from a small group created for the offices at Vetrocoke Glass Company. Incised walnut with 3 drawers on each side. Thick inset glass...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood

Gio Ponti Vanity Console Desk Formica from Hotel PdP Roma, 1964 and "602" Chair
By Gio Ponti, Giordano Chiesa
Located in Rome, IT
Rare vanity dressing table designed by Gio Ponti for the rooms of the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Roma manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, 1964 two drawers ash, laminate, nickel-plat...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk by Gio Ponti for University of Padova, ca. 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Berlin, DE
Wooden desk with Formica top in light-grey by Gio Ponti for Administrative Offices Forli / University of Padova, ca. 1950
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Wood

Gio Ponti Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant desk by Gio Ponti for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. (The labor offices for the National Bank). One of the best examples of Gio Ponti listed for sale. Original coloring and fant...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Office Desk in Wood and Glass for BNL Italian Manufacture 1950s Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Office desk with two frontal drawers with structure in wood, top in colored glass and brass details (keys and feet), originally designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of the Banca Naz...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in London, GB
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 furnishi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti writing desk for Schirolli Italian Mid-Century 1960
By Gio Ponti, Schirolli
Located in Firenze, IT
Iconic desk designed by Gio Ponti for Schirolli,, Padova Italy , three drawers on the right part, the upper one with lock, solid wood and formica top. Mid Century Modern Italy 1960.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica

Italian Mid Century Gio Ponti Sycamore Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1940s sycamore 3 drawer desk on fluted & tapered faceted legs with flair design side galleries and a matching bench beige silk upholstered seat. (attributed to GIO PONTI)
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Bronze

Gio Ponti Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Gio Ponti custom eight-drawer desk. From a small edition created for administrative offices in Forli, Italy. Blonde wood desk with red linoleum top, shingled drawer faces and brass...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

Desk by Gio Ponti & Alberto Rosselli, Rima Padova, Italy, circa 1955
By Gio Ponti
Located in Berlin, DE
Desk by Gio Ponti & Alberto Rosselli, Rima Padova, Italy, circa 1955 Designed for the Pirelli Tower in Milano.   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Gio Ponti Glass Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in East Hampton, NY
A desk for the Verocoke offices, Milan, 1939. Gio Ponti Desk from the Societa Vetrocke Building, Milan, ca. 1939. Vitrex Glass, laminate, Italian walnut, enameled steel, and brass. ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Crystal, Brass

Italian Modern Mahogany Desk/Writing Table, Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top above a frieze having a concealed drawer above splayed legs, terminating in brass sabots joined by a stretcher- this piece was specially made for the university o...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian walnut desk by Gio Ponti designed for the University of Padova. Professore!!! Along with the original chair it doesn't get much better than this. These walnut desks with form...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Low Table in Wood and Glass for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Wooden low table with drawer, and glass on top designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Italian manufacture, circa 1950.   
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Wood

20th Century Italian Walnut Writing Table, Desk Set with a Chair by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A light-brown, vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian freestanding writing table, desk set with two drawers and a stripped chair made of hand carved Walnut, in good condition. The large ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Brass

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Walnut Wood Italian Table Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Three drawer table desk designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by ISA Bergamo for Fondazione Livio e Maria Garzanti, in Forlì (Italy). Structure made of walnut and walnut-veneered wo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, Gio Ponti desks and writing tables are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Gio Ponti desks and writing tables there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 25 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original desks and writing tables by Gio Ponti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Gianfranco Frattini, Ico Parisi and Osvaldo Borsani. Prices for Gio Ponti writing tables and desks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $4,375 and tops out at $75,000, while pieces like these can sell for $15,800 on average.

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