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Leggera

About the Design

The Leggera chair is as striking on its own as it is in any setting, which is just as Giò Ponti (1891–1979) intended. 

The gifted Milanese architect — who also designed, taught and wrote — studied architecture at the esteemed Polytechnic University of Milan, graduating in 1921. A stint in an architectural office followed, as did award-winning porcelain designs for Richard Ginori. In 1928, Ponti launched the revered design journal Domus, promoting the Novocento movement, which decried the “fake antique” and “ugly modern” in architecture and design. This was very much in line with Ponti’s own distinct style, which united the historical classicism of Italy with a modern ideal. The furniture maker’s work to this day exudes that spirit of innovation and timelessness, just as it did with the Leggera chair. 

Ponti brought new meaning to traditional Italian country furniture with the 1952 Leggera chair and the Superleggera that followed — specifically, he looked to the simple but well-known chairs designed in Chiavari, a nearby fishing village, for inspiration. The Leggera’s gently tapering legs, ladder back and cane seat are features that render it easily recognizable to any collector. And like most of Ponti’s furniture, its tapering supports and lightweight ashwood frame — leggera is Italian for “light” — give it a ballerina-like appearance, as if the chair is dancing on its toes. First produced by Cassina, the Leggera also represented a bold step in its reductionist construction. The frame of the chair was pared down to its most essential lines, offering the illusion of weightlessness, like Ponti’s best work. 

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Gio Ponti set of twelve Leggera chairs with hand-woven rattan cane, Italy 1951
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Set of 12 black-stained ash wood chairs with hand-woven rattan cane, designed by Gio Ponti, model 646 Leggera, in 1951 and manufactured by Figli di Amedeo Cassina during the late 195...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Ash

Gio Ponti Isa Bergamo 3-seater big sofa Mid-Century Design
By Gio Ponti, ISA Bergamo
Located in Taranto, IT
Wonderful three-seater sofa designed by Gio ponti for Isa Bergamo. Wooden frame covered in embroidered floral fabric , brass feet. The item is in excellent conservative condition, ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Brass

Gio Ponti set of twelve Leggera chairs with rope seat, Cassina, Italy, 1951
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Set of 12 ash wood chairs with hand-knotted rope seats, designed by Gio Ponti as model 646 Leggera in 1951 and manufactured by Figli di Amedeo Cassina during the late 1950s. Concept...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Ash

14 Mid Century Italian Dining Chairs, By Gio Ponti - Wood And Blue Leather -
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
Giò Ponti probably needs no introduction: he’s been arguably the most influential personality in Italian design and architecture for almost three decades, from the Fifties throughout...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Wood, Walnut

Set of Four ‘Superleggera’ Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Set of four 'Superleggera' chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy 1950s. Iconic design made in solid Ash and their original black lacquered finish and upholstered seat. The seat is r...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Mohair, Ash

Pair of Leggera chairs in light wood, Gio Ponti, Cassina (First Edition)
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Argelato, BO
Leggera is the chair designed in 1952 by Gio Ponti in collaboration with Cesare Cassina and the company's artisans. An icon of Made in Italy design that represents the wooden chair p...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

set di 4 sedie "leggera" disegnate da Gio Ponti per Cassina anni 60
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, MI
La sedia Leggera è una delle piu iconiche espressioni del design di Gio Ponti disegnata nel 1952. E' frutto di approfonditi studi fatti al tempo per ottenere una sedia molto leggera ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Straw, Ash

Gio Ponti, Pair of croupier stools from the Casino of San Remo, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Rivoli, IT
Pair of croupier stools made for Casino di Sanremo (Italy) in the 1950s. Ash wood frame, brass ferrules, Vienna straw seat and back. Great vintage condition.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Stools

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Brass

Giovanni Ponti - Superleggera chair - Cassina edition
By Gio Ponti
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Giovanni Ponti Superleggera chair Cassina edition Black lacquered ash / removable leather cover In a perfect state H83 x W41 x D45 cms
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2010s Italian Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Original 1950's Gio Ponti Leggera Dining Chairs by Cassina. Set of 10
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in London, GB
A rare set of 10 Gio Ponti Leggera dining chairs. These chairs were in black lacquer finish but we have had them stripped back to the original ash wood in which these chairs were originally made. They have been refinished in an antique wax which retains their vintage patina but shows off the lovely ash wood grain patterns. We have also had them recovered in a new vintage steel grey velvet material. This makes for a unique set of Gio Ponti Leggera dining chairs manufactured by Cassina in the 1950s. We have extensive photos of the chairs in their pre-restored state that show these are genuine 1950s vintage chairs...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

Pair of 6 Rare Gio Ponti "Leggera" Dining Chairs 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A simple chair with a refined, clear, cultured form, an icon of design. In 1952 the Leggera chair marked the beginning of a path that encapsulated the entire design and executive par...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Gio Ponti for Cassina set of four Leggera dining chairs, Italy 1950s
By Figli di Amadeo Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, IT
Set of four 1st edition Ash and upholstery Gio Ponti Model 646/3 LEGGERA dining chairs for Cassina. Italy 1950s
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Ash

rare Gio Ponti leggera chair, n.646 by Cassina, from Hotel Royal Naples, 1955
By Gio Ponti
Located in Rome, IT
very rare Gio Ponti iconic chair, n. 646 by Cassina ash and re-upholstery in ivory cotton this model was manufactured by Cassina, Meda as a variation on Ponti's legendary "leggera" c...
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Vintage 1950s European Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Ash

1950s Gio Ponti Leggera Chair (Model 646) for Cassina, Itally
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in PEGO, ES
Set of 4 (four) of the iconic Leggera chair by Gio Ponti, Italy 1951, manufactured by Cassina Spa They are in black lacquered ash-wood with new fabric and cushion seats which has be...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Italian Leggera chair in wood and red fabric by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1951
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in MIlano, IT
Leggera model chair with black stained beech wood frame, with upholstered seat covered in red fabric. Design by Gio Ponti, for Cassina, 1951. The Leggera chair represent one of the m...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Gio Ponti Set of Four Leggera Dining Chairs by Cassina 1951 Italy
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of four Leggera dining chairs with structure in black lacquered wood and seat in padded blue leatherette, designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina in 1951. Leggera is a...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood

Set of 4 Orange Leather "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milan, IT
Four chairs model 646 by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Rare version with upholstered backrest. Set features three chairs come with same color and the fourth one in a different color.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs

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Wood

Red Faux Leather Leggera Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1960s, Set of 6
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Vicenza, IT
Set of Six 646" Leggera" dining chairs designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Cassina in 1956. Seater upholstered with red skai faux leather. Light brown ash structure. Meaning" light...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash

Gio Ponti for Cassina, Harlequin Set of Leggera Chairs, Model 646 in Ash, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Gio Ponti for Cassina, Harlequin Set of Four Leggera Chairs, Model 646, 1950s Ash frames, recently re-upholstered in Kvadrat fabric in yellow, green, red and orange. Good condition...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Ash

Leggera Mid Century Dining Chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
Price for chair, 8 chairs available. Giò Ponti needs no introduction: He's been arguably the most influential personality in Italian design and architecture for almost three decades...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Black Gio Ponti Leggera Chairs with Cord Seat, Italy, 1951
By Gio Ponti
Located in Den Haag, NL
Pair of black Gio Ponti Leggera chairs with cord seat, Italy 1951.     
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cord, Wood

Gio Ponti Set of 8 Ashwood Leggera Italian Chairs, 1960s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of eight chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) and edited by Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with original upholstery. Italy, 1951. Due to the up...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Ash, Upholstery

Original "Leggera" Chair, Design Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1949
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in taranto, IT
Splendid Cassina chair model " leggera" Gio Ponti design ,first version with upholstered seat, forerunner of the model "superleggera "arrived only a few years later, with the adoptio...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Chairs

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Faux Leather, Wood, Ash

Mid-Century Gio Ponti Set of Two ‘Leggera 646’ Ashwood Italian Chairs, 1951
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of two chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti. This is the first "Leggera" edition that was edited by Cassina in 1951. Made of solid ashwood ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Ash

Set of 12 Gio Ponti Leggera Model 646 Dining Chairs for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in London, GB
A wonderful set of twelve original, early Gio Ponti Leggera Model 646 dining chairs, Cassina, Italy, 1950s. In restored condition with new ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Gio Ponti Set of Four ‘Leggera 646’ Ashwood Italian Chairs, 1951
By Gio Ponti
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Set of six chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti. This is the first "Leggera" edition that was edited by Cassina in 1951. Made of solid ashwood ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Gio Ponti Leggera 646 Cassina, 1st Production 1951
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in New York, NY
First production of Leggera 646 chair manufactured by Cassina. Iconic design of Gio Ponti. Provenance: 1951, Italy. Cassina catalog photography, shown ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Straw, Wood

Set of Six "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Piacenza, Italy
Extraordinary set of six original "Leggera" chairs designed by Gio Ponti. Iconic chair in early edition, newly reupholstered in green blue cotton. Manufactured by Cassina, model 64...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Midcentury Gio Ponti Set of Twelve Leggera by Cassina Wood Linen Italian Chairs
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of twelve chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti. This is the first "Leggera" edition that was edited by Cassina in 1951. Made of solid ashwood structure, the seat and ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Canvas, Linen, Wood

Midcentury Giò Ponti Mahogany Ashwood 699 Leggera Italian Chair for Cassina 1957
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Sacile, PN
Single 699 model Leggera chair designed by Giò Ponti for Cassina, dated 1957. Mahogany ashwood and white cotton upholstery.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Ash

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Ashwood "Leggera 646" Italian Chairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Mid-century chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with original upholstery. Due to the upholstery ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Gio Ponti Set of four Mid-century Blue Italian Dining Chairs Model "Leggera"
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, ES
Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Set of four dining chairs, model "leggera" Manufactured by Cassina Italy, 1951 Measurements 82.55 cm x 44.45cm x 45.72 cm. 32.55 in x 17.5 in x 18 in. Litera...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Midcentury Gio Ponti Set of Four ‘Leggera 646’ Ashwood Italian Chairs, 1951
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of four chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti. This is the first "Leggera" edition that was edited by Cassina in 1951. Made of solid ashwood...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Leggera chair by Gio Ponti – set of 7 pieces
By Gio Ponti
Located in Roma, RM
Leggera chair by Gio Ponti – set of 7 pieces, original edition from the 1950s. Product details Dimensions: 52 L x 81 H x 51 D cm
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Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs

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Wood

Gio Ponti set of 6 chairs in wood with fabric covering.
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
COD-2525 Gio Ponti Set of 6 chairs in black stained wood with fabric covering. Modello leggera, Cassina manufacture 1954.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy, 1952, Set of Four "Leggera" Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy, 1952. A set of 4 model 646" Leggera " chairs in Ash wood frames and a soft blue cotton upholstery. Looks like they have been reupholstered at some p...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

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