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Set of Eight "Leggera" Dining Chairs by Gio Ponti

$23,500per set

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A fine set of eight "Leggera" dining chairs by the éminence grise of 20th-century Italian design, the great Milanese architect Gio Ponti. Built of beautifully-figured solid ash and gray leather (and with several of the chairs retaining their early 1950s "Figli di Amedeo Cassina" metal labels) these "Leggera" chairs were designed in 1952, and formed the basis for Ponti's later and more commonly seen "Superleggera" chair design. Slightly more substantial than the newer design, and upholstered in soft Italian leather, these chairs are both elegant and comfortable. The graceful classicism of it's lines and proportions makes the versatile "Leggera" chair at home in rooms -- and around tables -- of a wide variety of styles. The eight chairs in this set are in excellent condition, and were just reupholstered by us in very high-quality gray leather, imported (like the chairs themselves, 67 years earlier) from Italy. Literature: Falconi, Laura (2004). Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni 1920 - 1976. Milan: Mondadori Electa. p. 242 Mautone, Fabrizio (2010). Gio Ponti e la committenza Fernandes. Milan: Mondadori Electa. p. 52.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.5 in. (82.55 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1952
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Refinished.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU809113981082

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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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