1 of 9 images

Gio Ponti for Lumi Applique

About

Gio Ponti applique for Lumi, Italy for the "Quadri Luminosi" series, model no. 576, circa 1960s. Folded brass end concealing the light source, brass rods on white enameled background, wonderful effect of light and shadow, manufacturers tag verso.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 22.05 in. x W 15.75 in. x D 3.94 in.

    H 56 cm x W 40 cm x D 10 cm

  • Seller location
    Wargrave, GB
  • Reference number
    LU83957648153

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Gio Ponti (Designer)

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, 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 Columbo 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.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2007
Typical response time: 20 hrs
Located in Wargrave, GB
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
$1,299

Stilnovo Applique

Stilnovo

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Stilnovo, Italy, circa 1950s an applique with brass wallplate, black enameled frame and opaque glass shade with circular yellow glass detail. Some pitting to the brass, all origin...

$5,267 / set

Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce, Italy, Pair of Appl...

Gino Sarfatti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Gino Sarfatti designed for Arteluce, Italy, 1960s . Pair of gooseneck arm appliques with chromed arms and black enamelled rotating shades. Labels to inside of shades.

$3,078

Arredoluce Applique

Arredoluce

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Angelo Lelii for Arredoluce, Italy, circa 1950s. A large and 100% original applique of brass frame with formed glass shades attached to the brass via perspex discs of clear and black...

$3,899 / set

Vittoriano Vigano Visor Sconces for Arteluce

Vittoriano Vigano

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Vittoriano Vigano for Arteluce, Italy, 1950. A pair of "Visor" sconces in light grey, shades articulate and rotate. Patination to brass, label to interior of one example. Pri...

You May Also Like
$15,000

Rare Brass Wall Light by Gio Ponti for Arredoluce

Arredoluce, Gio Ponti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Metal

Rare rectangular brass wall light designed by Gio Ponti for Arredoluce in Italy, circa 1960s. Wired for US junction boxes. Takes three E14 European candelabra 60w maximum bulbs.

$359

Italian Sconce in the Style of Gio Ponti

Stilnovo, Gio Ponti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Small Italian sconce in the style of Gio Ponti.

$3,900

Pair of Brass Sconces attributed to Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Brass

Hefty machined brass double-barrel brass sconces attributed to Gio Ponti

$7,900

A Pair of Sconces attributed to Giò Ponti

Gio Ponti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Aluminum, Brass

Magnificent pair of Italian wall appliques/sconces from the 1930's attributed to Gio Ponti. Each sconce is ~ 10 inches by 10 inches, not including bulbs. Five tapered torches suspen...

$2,200 / item

Set of Two Sconces by Gio Ponti for Candle

Gio Ponti, Candle, Milan

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Metal

Beautiful set of twio sconces model b601 by Gio Ponti for Candle. Chromium plated metal

$5,500 / item

Five 1950s Italian Multicolored Murano Sconces ...

Gio Ponti

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Murano Glass

Attributed to 1950's Italian designer Gio Ponti, five multicolored Murano glass two arm sconces with clear shades having colored scalloped edges. PRICED EACH. For matching chandel...

$6,900 / set

Gio Ponti "Quadri Luminosi" Wall Lights Model 575

Gio Ponti, Lumi

Italian Wall Lights and Sconces

Beautiful sconces designed by Gio Ponti for Lumi in the 1960s. They are made of brass and painted metal and hold two candelabra sockets. These are a more recent production as Lumi st...

$4,439 / set

Set of Four Brass Gio Ponti Style Sconces

Gio Ponti

Italian More Lighting

Original 1950s Italian design artworks This set of brass sconces was designed in the 1950s in the style of Gio Ponti. Measures: Height 27 cm, width 17 cm. Brass History of ...