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Gio Ponti Desks and Writing 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 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.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

5-Drawer Desk by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Waxed oak, tempered glass. Created for the Vetrocoke glass company in Porto Maghera, Venice. Original glass signed “Vitrex.” Wood has been refinished and glass shows overall wear.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Oak

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 Desk, Rima, Italia, 1950s
By RIMA, Gio Ponti
Located in Naples, IT
Desk with metal structure. Top and wooden chest of drawers. Original drawing by Gio Ponti for the Pirelli skyscraper. Prod. Rima, Italy, circa 1950.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Gio Ponti Office Desk in Wood and Glass for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Gio Ponti office desk with wooden structure, coloured glass on top and brass details. Designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Italian manufacture,...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desk for Dassi, Italy, 1960s
By Gio Ponti, Dassi
Located in Hellouw, NL
Italian Mid-Century Modern writing desk by Gio Ponti for Dassi from the 1960s. This desk is made out of mahogany veneer with the front drawers laminated in green. The desk has a mini...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Mahogany

Gio Ponti 1940s Italian Sycamore Desk Vanity
By Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
Italian 1940s sycamore 3-drawer desk on fluted and tapered faceted legs with flair design side galleries (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 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

Gio Ponti Walnut and Brass Desk from 1950s Italian Manufacture
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Gio Ponti desk, with a walnut structure and brass details. Italian manufacture from the 1950s. With expertise released by Gio Ponti Archive in Milan. Gio Ponti Arch...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

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Brass, Metal

Midcentury Italian Desk by Gio Ponti in Brown Walnut and Brass, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Berlin, DE
This beautiful midcentury Italian desk was designed by Gio Ponti for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. It is made in brown walnut and brass, circa 1950. Produced by Giordano Chiesa. Biblio...
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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 Wooden Desk from the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Italy, 1950
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Exquisite executive desk designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the mid-1950s. Walnut desks with Formica tops and brass handles.    
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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

Gio Ponti Desk from the National Lavoro Bank, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful walnut executive desk designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the mid-1950s. Giovanni "Gio" Ponti was an Italian architect, ind...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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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

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

Writing Desk Designed by Gio Ponti / Scirolli, Italy, 1960s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Writing desk designed by Gio Ponti / Schirolli, Italy, 1960s. This beautiful wooden writing desk of angular, linear shapes is in its original condition and features an integrated dra...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

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

Solid Walnut Writing Desk by Gio Ponti for the University of Padova, Italy
By Gio Ponti
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
It is in solid walnut with a white Formica top and features three full size drawers across front. This desk was designed by Gio Ponti for the University of Padova in 1955. It is a ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Formica, Walnut

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 writing desk for Schirolli Italian Mid-Century 1960
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
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

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

Gio Ponti Italian 1930s 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

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 Executive Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Beautiful walnut executive desk designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the mid-1950s. Desk has two full drawers with original keys and waln...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

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 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

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

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