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Gio Ponti Mid-Century Modern Ashwood Leggera Italian Chairs, 1950s

$4,679.15per set


Midcentury chairs model "Leggera" designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Made of solid ashwood structure with upholstery re-done 20 years ago to make it more contemporary and pop. The chairs have been use for different shootings into architectural projects in Milan. First edition for Cassina in Italy, 1951 by Gio Ponti.An icon of design and what has been dubbed MedaMade crafts mastery, the Leggera -- its lines clean-cut refined, and versatile -- adapts effortlessly to a variety of requirements and settings. A wood chair, par excellence, the Leggera marks one of the key points of the relationship, both in terms of design and production, which started in the 1950s between Gio Ponti, Cesare Cassina, and the Cassina company’s artisans. The experience and the crafts capabilities of Cassina’s carpenters were put to the test in addressing the challenge of lightening the chair frame -- the ultimate outcome being the inimitable slim line Superleggera chair -- concentrating on its essential lines while respecting its resistance and stability. The many combinations and contrasts in color between the ashwood frame and the seat-cover keep the Leggera constantly up-to-date, as well as making it a perfect partner for any setting.


  • Creator
    Cassina (Cabinetmaker),Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Width: 16.15 in. (41 cm)Depth: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Minor losses. Back in 2000 the chairs have been reupholstered with coloured leather to be photographed for different set into Milanese proprieties. the leather is now coming to a vintage look as well, some stain from water but overall in good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4933220726582

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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.

About The Maker

Spinzi Milano’s base is a creative hub, a loft gallery that is constantly shifting. This represents Spinzi’s diverse and constantly evolving perception of art and design. The Space is an open stage housing a selection of art and furniture pieces from Italian and international artists and designers. Founder of Spinzi Design, Tommaso Spinzi is an Interior and Furniture designer based in Milano. He worked in Switzerland, Australia and New York and this mix of international influences has shaped his approach to design. Right from the outset, Tommaso has worked in different areas of design and in varied contexts. He designs custom limited-edition pieces with sensual shapes and strong materials . Tommaso approach to furniture is a clear statement: generating the sense of beauty through living. His sculptural pieces reflect a cross linkage between automotive interior and fashion.
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