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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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Set of 4 Chairs by Gio Ponti, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
4 legera chairs by Gio Ponti, circa 1950 Edition Figli di Amadeo Casinna Fabric has some stains.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

Gio Ponti 12 Leggera Chairs with Gold Satin Seat Edited by Cassina, Milano 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Milano, IT
A set of 12 'Leggera' chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina; seats have been upholstered in a fine yellow/old satin fabric, frame made of black lacquered ashwood. The ashwood structure ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Satin, Wood

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

Italian Ash Tree and Straw Seat Leggera Chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1957
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian ash tree and straw seat Leggera chair by Gio Ponti for Cassina, 1957 The Leggera chair is one of the best known products of the Milanese designer and one of the most importan...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Straw, Ash

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" 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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Canvas, Linen, Wood

Gio Ponti 646 “Leggera” Dining Chairs for Cassina, 1955, Set of 4
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Lonigo, IT
Gio Ponti 646 “Leggera” dining chairs for Cassina, 1955, set of 4. Set of four 646 "Leggera" dining chairs designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina in 1955. Meaning "ligh...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Velvet, Ash

Gio Ponti 6 Leggera Chairs by Cassina Italian Design, 1955
By Cassina, Gio Ponti
Located in Chiasso, CH
Gio Ponti Early Edition by Cassina Leggera chairs new upholstered in 1st class elegant deep red velvet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Velvet, Ash, Upholstery

Gio Ponti 646 "Leggera" Dining Chairs for Cassina, 1956, Set of 6
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Lonigo, IT
Gio Ponti 646 "Leggera" dining chairs for Cassina, Cord seat, 1956, set of 6 Meaning "lightweight", the Leggera chair 646 is one of the truest expressions of reductive beauty to be ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Rope, Ash

Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Ashwood Leggera Italian Chairs, 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Madrid, ES
Midcentury chairs model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with original upholstery. First edition for Cassina in Italy, 1951 by Gio Ponti....
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Gio Ponti Set of Six Black Lacquered Ashwood "LEGGERA" Italian Chairs
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
A stunning Set of Six dining chairs of an icon of design model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina. Made of black lacquered ashwood, seat reupholstered in African c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cotton, Ash

Gio Ponti Set of Eight Ashwood and Green Leather "Leggera" Italian Chairs, 1960s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of eight chairs model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) and edited by Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with seat upholstered in its original green plain leather...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Ash

Original Gio Ponti Leggera Model 646 Dining Chairs for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in London, GB
Original Gio Ponti Leggera Model 646 dining chairs, all marked 'Figli di Amedeo Cassina', Italy, 1950s. In original condition with original upholstery. Good structural condition but ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

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

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

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 12 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: C...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather, Ash

Gio Ponti, Set of Chairs Model "Leggera", Italy, 1951
By Gio Ponti, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Set of 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. Literatur...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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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

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Suede, Wood

Gio Ponti 12 Chair Leggera
By Gio Ponti
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
12 chairs Leggera of Gio Ponti Set of chairs, model «leggera» Manufactured by Cassina Italy,1952 (all signed) Materials: Wood, leather Measurements : 83 x 46 x 42 cm. (32.7 x 1...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Chairs