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Gio Ponti Set of Six Black Lacquered Ashwood "LEGGERA" Italian Chairs

$7,244.11per set

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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 ceremonial pattern cotton fabric model "Kittegue" from Senegal (Africa). Italy, 1970s. Leggera's 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. About the iconic designer: Giovanni "Gio" Ponti (18th November 1891-16th September 1979) was an Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer, artist, teacher, writer and publisher. The first major task of Gio Ponti, from 1923-1930, he was the artistic director of the Richard-Ginori Manufactory, successful collaboration which will originate the renewal of the entire production. The famous "Big pieces" of the Richard-Ginori born in the sign of quality in the series. So the "furniture of exception" that Ponti designed in recent years are parallel to its line furniture, furniture that he designed for "Domus Nova", by stimulating a department store to produce: La Rinascente (1927). Industry, number, distribution, advertising, exhibitions, magazines: Bridges contact between their art industries (Christofle and Venini), associate architects and manufacturers, designers and presents projects in exhibitions that directs and then publish them in the magazine "Domus ", which he founded in 1928. he was born almost for fun, as a" Milanese improvisation "and Bridges will fight, writing, its real battles," almost won, against the old fake "and" to win, against the modern ugly ". The book presents the greatest masterpieces of this Master of design icons still in production as the chair "Superleggera" produced by the Italian company Cassina.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Width: 16.15 in. (41 cm)Depth: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Seat Height: 18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Madrid, ES
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LA223701791stDibs: LU971820500702

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About the Designer

Gio Ponti

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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