Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

Gio Ponti Curved Sofa

$27,000Asking Price


Gio Ponti for Casa E Giardino elegant slightly curved sofa with Italian walnut legs, Italy, circa 1938. Fully restored and newly upholstered in light gold antiqued velvet upholstery with new down cushions. Sold with "Certificate of Authenticity" from Gio Ponti archives. Literature: Laura Falconi, ed., Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, pp. 114-115 for similar model Domus, no. 131, November 1938, p. 11 for similar model.


  • Creator
    Casa e Giardino (Manufacturer),Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)Width: 69 in. (175.26 cm)Depth: 29 in. (73.66 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1938
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Fully restored and recently reupholstered in light gold antiqued velvet. Cushions have been refilled with down.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: PON1011stDibs: LU291738111093

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chappaqua, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Gio Ponti

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian modernism. Ponti (1891–1979) 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.Find a range of Gio Ponti furniture on 1stDibs.
About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2016
1stDibs seller since 2017
84 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Midcentury Sofa Attributed to Gio Ponti, Italian, circa 1950
By Gio Ponti
Located in Forest Row, East Sussex
A midcentury sofa attributed to Gio Ponti. Curved frame allowing a comfortable seating position. Re-upholstered in natural linen. Solid beech feet.  Dimensions: H 73cm, W 160cm, D...

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas


Linen, Beech

Gio Ponti "Dezza" Settee
By Gio Ponti
Located in San Francisco, CA
A "Dezza" settee designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Poltrona Frau. Cushions covered in ivory wool flannel (down fill,) rosewood frame in matching leather with brass fittings. Mode...

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas



Gio Ponti Rare Production Settee or Sofa, White Fabric Oak, Asko, Finland, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Asko
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare example of Gio Ponti's most iconic sofa / settee / loveseat, license-produced by Finnish manufacturer Asko in the 1950s. Drawings and information about this sofa are recorde...

Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Sofas


Fabric, Oak

Gio Ponti Rare Production Settee or Sofa, Blue Velvet, Oak, Asko, Finland, 1950s
By Gio Ponti, Asko
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare example of Gio Ponti's most iconic sofa / settee / loveseat, license-produced by Finnish manufacturer Asko in the 1950s. Drawings and information about this sofa are recor...

Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Sofas


Fabric, Oak

Caterina Licitra "Tributo a Gio Ponti" Candy Sofa
By Caterina Licitra
Located in New York, NY
Caterina Licitra (Ponti) &quot;Tributo A Gio Ponti&quot; Candy sofa. A showpiece designed by Caterina Licitra the great granddaughter to Gio Ponti. Crafted by Mariner Furniture Famil...

21st Century and Contemporary European Sofas


Velvet, Walnut

Gio Ponti Style Italian Tufted Settee in Taupe Velvet
By Gio Ponti
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Gio Ponti style Italian tufted settee in newly upholstered taupe velvet. Measure: Seat depth 19".  

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas


Upholstery, Velvet

Italian Midcentury Sofa by Gio Ponti in Cream Sheepskin
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Italian midcentury Peluche 1950s sofa with newly upholstered cream sheepskin, attributed to Gio Ponti design.

Mid-20th Century Sofas



Italian Midcentury Curved Sofa Casa e Giardino Design Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Palermo, Palermo
Wonderful Italian curved sofa attributed to Casa e Giardino design Gio Ponti. Good good original condition, wood legs and original velvet. Armchairs available, together you can cre...

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery