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Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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 designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, mirrors 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.

Ponti's 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, which was 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 vintage Gio Ponti desks, dining chairs, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons #2135 Extendable Dining Table, c 1950, Refinished
By Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This restored Model 2135 extendable dining table with four leaves by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons features gorgeously veined Italian Walnut with sculpted legs to Gio Ponti's signature...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Molteni&C D.847.1 Ash Wood Desk by Gio Ponti
By Molteni & C, Gio Ponti
Located in Boston, MA
A Molteni&C exclusive has given new life to Gio Ponti's table which was originally designed 70 years ago. Thanks to dedicated craftsmanship, this signature piece has been reproduced ...
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2010s Italian Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Teak and Brass Desk Designed for the BNL Offices, ISA Bergamo, 1950s
By ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
This Gio Ponti Desk, designed for BNL offices and manufactured by Isa Bergamo during the 1950s, is a beautiful piece of furniture that showcases the designer's signature style. Made of solid teak wood, the desk features a sleek and elegant design with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. The piece also features brass feet and details, which add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the overall design. The desk top - with a dimension of 161x80.5cm (WxD) - has ample surface space for writing and working and the three drawers provide ample storage for documents and office supplies...
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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 in Walnut and Brass for the BNL Offices, Italy 1940s
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
A rare and collectable walnut desk with brass ferrules designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Schirolli (Mantova - Italy) in the 1940s for the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL - Nation...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Original 1950's 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

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

Gio Ponti Vanity desk with a brass circular mirror from Hotel Royal Naples, 1955
By Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
Gio Ponti vanity produced by Giordano Chiesa for the furniture of the Hotel Royal in Naples, 1955. Original mirror by Fontana Arte two drawers ash, brass and mirror glass. very goo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Diminutive Gio Ponti for Schirolli Stained Mahogany and Laminate Writing Table
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Small writing table/student desk in stained mahogany with attractive mint green laminate surface by Gio Ponti for Schirolli (ca. 1950, Italy). Stylish piece with modernist details in...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Laminate, Mahogany

1950s Gio Ponti Large Executive Desk for RIMA Padova in Walnut Finish, Italy
By RIMA, Gio Ponti
Located in Praha, CZ
- Created for the Pirelli tower offices-Plastic drawers - Good /very good original condition with minor signs of use - Signed by producer
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Plastic, Wood

Gio Ponti Writing Desk for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), 1954
By Gio Ponti
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Gio Ponti writing desk for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), walnut and brass, Italy, 1954. Embrace the legacy of Gio Ponti, a visionary of mid-century design who bridged tradition ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti's walnut desk and chair
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
COD-2602 Gio Ponti ( 1891-1979) Desk with walnut uprights and top, two drawers with brass handles and a chair designed for the University of Padua in the early 1950s. Italian manufa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Gio Ponti vanity desk console table with a adjustable Fontana arte mirror, 1950
By Giordano Chiesa, Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
rare Gio Ponti toilette, vanity table dressing table one drawer with an adjustable brass mirror by Fontana Arte produced by Giordano Chiesa for Das...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti, Small Walnut Desk, from the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, 1950s
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Gio Ponti small desk in light walnut on shaped tapering legs united by stretchers. The wood is in excellent condition with beautiful graining to the planked top, and the three friez...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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

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Metal

Black Onyx Glass & Walnut Italian Mid-Century Modern Executive Desk by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Schirolli
Located in New York, NY
A Rare and Elegant Italian MId-Century Modern Neoclassical Desk / Writing Table by Gio Ponti in solid walnut with an inset top of black onyx glass and brass details. Ponti's design a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Onyx, Brass

Gio Ponti Writing desk Vetrocoke furnitures, tempered glass wood, 1939
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
This elegant small desk is made of toughened glass panes joined by brass and metal junctions and with a wood chest of drawers, just as the two bases are made of wood. The design of...
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1930s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Gio Ponti Desk from " Banca Nazionale del Lavoro , 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, indus...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Giò Ponti's Desk in Blond Wood with Original Wood Top
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Giò Ponti (1891-1979) Desk in blond wood with two drawers and original top designed and produced for the University of Padua and a few years later for the BNL of Milan. Product...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Rare Gio Ponti Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Gio Ponti desk manufactured in Italy by Giordano Chiesa. An early example with 2 tone drawer fronts. Purchased at the Singer Showroom in NYC. Purchased from the original family ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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

Elegant Modern Desk, Designed by Bertha Schaefer for Singer and Sons, circa 1950
By M. Singer & Sons, Gio Ponti, Bertha Schaefer
Located in San Francisco, CA
This is a rare and elegant modern desk, designed by Bertha Schaefer for Singer and Sons, circa 1950s. Beautiful graining to the Italian walnut, especially to the top. Schaefer was on...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Petite Italian Modern Stained Mahogany Writing Desk by Gio Ponti for Schirolli
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Diminutive Italian student desk in stained mahogany designed by Gio Ponti for Schirolli, ca. 1950s, Italy. Sculptural form with angular leg details, presenting a sharp profile. There are three drawers and an additional open storage section created by the space between the top drawer and surface apron. Surface is a gray laminate, which can appear light blue depending on the light. Moderate wear present (scuffs to the laminate along with some scratches and old fills/repairs to the front and back concealing minor veneer losses and screw/drill holes). Drawers slide smoothly, and desk presents well. Lock is branded "Schirolli Mantova...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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

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Laminate, Formica, Mahogany

Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro Desk by Gio Ponti, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in London, GB
This classic, elegant design by Gio Ponti employs his distinctive tapering edges and legs to great effect, liberating the ponderous lines of preceding decades and expressing the lift...
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1950s Italian Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

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

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Wood

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

20th Century Italian Walnut Writing Table, Desk Set with a Chair by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century modern Italian freestanding writing table, desk set with two drawers and a stripped chair made of hand crafted Walnut, in good condition. The large table is com...
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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, Walnut Writing Table, from the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, 1950s
By Schirolli, Gio Ponti
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Gio Ponti desk in light walnut on shaped tapering legs united by stretchers. The wood is in excellent condition with beautiful graining to the planked top, and the two drawers to th...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Gio Ponti Desk for RIMA Made in Walnut, Chromed Steel and Plastic. Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, RIMA
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
This writing desk, designed by renowned architect Gio Ponti in 1956, was specifically created for the Pirelli tower offices. The desk's dimensions are H. 75.5 x 170 x 75.5 cm, offering a spacious and functional work surface. Manufactured by Rima, Padova during the 1960s, this desk boasts a sturdy construction. Its frame is meticulously crafted from tubular chromed steel, providing excellent stability and structural integrity. The desk features drawers made from painted grey plastic, offering storage for essential office supplies and documents. The use of plastic ensures durability and ease of maintenance. The table top is elegantly crafted from walnut, showcasing the natural beauty of the wood while providing a smooth and comfortable writing surface. Notably, the desk is marked with "Rima Padova Italy" on its feet, signifying its authentic origin and manufacturer. Having undergone a comprehensive restoration process, including refinishing with oil, the desk is in excellent vintage condition, retaining its original charm while showcasing a refreshed appearance. Gio Ponti's writing desk stands as a testament to his design prowess, combining practicality, quality materials, and timeless aesthetics to create a truly remarkable piece of mid-century furniture. About the designer: Gio Ponti, born in Milan, Italy in 1891, was a prolific architect, designer, and writer who became one of the most influential figures of the mid-century modern movement. With a career spanning over six decades, Ponti's contributions to the fields of architecture and design are profound and enduring. In the 1920s, Ponti co-founded the influential design magazine Domus, through which he championed modernist principles and advocated for the integration of architecture, design, and art. His architectural projects ranged from residential and commercial buildings to cultural and religious institutions, each showcasing his signature blend of rationalism, craftsmanship, and elegance. Ponti's furniture designs reflect his belief in creating harmonious living environments. He collaborated with renowned manufacturers such as Cassina, producing iconic pieces like the Superleggera chair and the Distex armchair...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gio Ponti Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Gio Ponti for BNL Walnut and Brass Writing Table / Desk
By Gio Ponti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic writing table designed in the 1940s by Gio Ponti for Schirolli to furnish BNL (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro) offices across Italy. This early 1950s model was acquired directly f...
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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 Gio Ponti, Schirolli
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 desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Gio Ponti desks and writing tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gio Ponti desks and writing tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 24 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 1 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original desks and writing tables by Gio Ponti were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Ico Parisi, Osvaldo Borsani, and Gianfranco Frattini. Prices for Gio Ponti desks and writing tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,606 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $14,000.

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