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Pair of Gio Ponti shell armchairs italian, 1940

$5,278.76per set
$9,122.28per set42% Off


Pair of Gio Ponti shell armchairs Italian, 1940. Wonderful pair of armchairs in the shape of a shell totally restored in dark orange velvet. Wonderful pair of 1940s armchairs completely restored in orange velvet/cooked earth. The armchairs are original 1940s Art Deco style. This motif is typical of the very glamorous style of that period, in fact this design is back in vogue in this period. The Gucci Home campaign also draws on this motif for its Home line. Thanks to its structure it makes its seat very soft and enveloping. The feet of the armchairs are made of conical wood. The color chosen for its lining, terracotta, is the color of the year chosen according to Pantone. We are always in touch with the new trends in home interior design and for this reason we always guarantee the best result on all our restorations.


  • Creator
    Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.89 in. (81 cm)Width: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Depth: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Seat Height: 12.6 in. (32 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The pair of armchairs has been restored with a dark orange velvet upholstery.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911215566491

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    Ships From: milano, Italy
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About Gio Ponti (Designer)

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 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 Colombo 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.

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