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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 for Cassina, Italy, 1950's, Set of 4 Leggera Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Gio Ponti, for Cassina, Italy. A harlequin set of 4 " Leggera " chairs. Constructed from Ash frames and recently upholstered Kvadrat fabric.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Ash

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

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Ash

Set of Six "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, 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

Leggera Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in San Francisco, CA
A set of 12 Leggera chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina retaining the original labels. Seats have been upholstered in an orange faux leather and the frames are in a light ash. Note: Chai...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather, Ash

Important Headboard and Double Bed by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti, Egidio Proserpio
Located in Milan, IT
Important and unique double bed by Gio Ponti executed by Egidio Proserpio, Barzano'. Rosewood bed with asymmetrical "butterfly" headboard, featuring two nightstands and two shelves....
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

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Bronze

Cassina Leggera Group of 6 Chairs Wood Italy 1970s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Group of 6 chairs, ebony-stained wood, seat in woven rope in 2 different shades.
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Vintage 1970s 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

Gio Ponti Italian Midcentury Design Dining Chairs "Leggera" for Cassina 1950s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Modena, IT
Set of six dining chairs model Leggera designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, ash structure and seat in woven rope with manufacturer’s adhesive label, circa 1950s. Bibliography: Dom...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rope, Ash

Set of Twelve Ash Wood Leggera Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Renens, CH
Fantastic set of 12 Leggera dining chairs designed by Gio Ponti in 1951. The chairs have a structure in natural lacquered ashwood. The presented chairs date from the sixties a...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rope, Wood

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

Materials

Mohair, Ash

Iconic Mid-centuryp pair High Back Chairs by Gio Ponti per SAC, All originals
By Gio Ponti
Located in Vigonza, Padua
All Originals "Chiavarine" iconic pair Gio Ponti high back chairs per S.A.C, with woven Indian cane seat. With manufacturer's label. About Gio Ponti Giovanni “Gio” Ponti (born No...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Vintage 646 Leggera Chairs by Giò Ponti for Cassina, Italian Modern
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Milan, 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 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Wood, Velvet

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 structure, the seat and bac...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Wood

Set of 4 Gio Ponti Leggera Chairs by Cassina, Italy, 1952
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in amstelveen, NL
Leggera 646 chair, Gio Ponti, Italy Set of four chairs model “Leggera 646” designed by Gio Ponti and made by Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with seat reupholstered in a ...
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Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Ash

Gio Ponti Set of Eight Leggera Chairs in Wood and Leather Cassina 1950 Italy
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of eight Leggera dining chairs with a wooden structure and seat upholstered in black leather, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1970s. Leggera is a simple chair, with a polite...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Gio Ponti Leggera Chairs Set of Four in White Wood and Black Synthetic Fur
By Gio Ponti
Located in Milano, IT
Set consisting of four chairs designed by Gio Ponti model La Leggera from the 1950s. The set is made of wood painted white. The seat and backrest are upholstered in black synthetic f...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Faux Fur, Wood

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

Gio Ponti Leggera Chairs Cassina, Italy, 1952
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Unusually large set of model 646 'Leggera' chairs designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina, Italy 1952. These chairs are made of solid ash wood and have their original shiny...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Ash, Rope

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 in listing Light ashwood...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Straw, Wood

Rare Gio Ponti "602" Chair by Cassina, 1954
By Gio Ponti, Figli di Amadeo Cassina
Located in Rome, IT
A very rare Gio Ponti iconic chair, n. 602 by Cassina oak and re-upholstery in ivory cotton this model was manufactured by Cassina, Meda as a variation on Ponti's legendary "legger...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Oak

Gio Ponti for Cassina Midcentury Six Black Wood Leggera Chairs Signed
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Firenze, IT
Six iconic Leggera chairs, black lacquered solid ash tree, designed by Architect Gio Ponti in the 1951, produced by Cassina, all the chairs are signed. Newly covered with a cotton p...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Set of Four Gio Ponti Black Laquered "Leggere" Chairs 646 by Cassina, 1952
By Gio Ponti, Figli di Amadeo Cassina
Located in Rome, IT
Four dining chairs designed by Gio Ponti and produced by F.gli Amedeo Cassina, 1952 provenience: Hotel in south Italy laquered in black newly reupholstered in grey cotton very...
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Vintage 1950s European 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 upholstery. All with maker’s label marked '...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, 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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Upholstery, Ash

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Ashwood "Leggera 646" Italian Chairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Midcentury chairs model "Leggera 646" designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with original upholstery. Due to the upholstery is not in good condition, th...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century 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 structure, the seat and ba...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Wood

Set of 4 Leggera Chairs by Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Munich, DE
Set of 4 Gio Ponti leggera chairs in untouched original condition. Black lacquered wood bases and brown leather seats. Signes of 60 years of regular use. Fabric on the underside of t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Set of 4 Leggera Black Ebonized Wooden Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti, Italy, 1950s
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Set of 4 Gio Ponti Model 646 "Leggera" chair for Cassina in 1957. Black ebonized wooden frames with an unusual plastic wrapped papercord woven seat in very good original conditio...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Plastic, Wood, Papercord

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

Leggera Chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina
By Gio Ponti
Located in San Francisco, CA
A set of 6 Leggera chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina retaining the original labels. The seats have been upholstered in a deep red faux leather and the ash is in a medium tone. Note: Ch...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Faux Leather, Ash

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

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Gio Ponti Leggera Dining Chairs
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Gio Ponti leggera dining chairs with original fabric.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chairs

Materials

Suede, Wood

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