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Gio Ponti Style Occasional Table

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A superb quality occasional table with a stainless steel base, dark oak support and frosted glass top in the manner of Gio Ponti. Exquisite. A few general notes about all items available through 1stdibs dealer MOBLER Home Decor: 1. We list all our items as being in "good" condition with "wear consistent with age and use," even when they may be viewed subjectively as being in "very good" or "excellent" condition. We prefer our customers to be pleasantly surprised and have not yet had an item returned. If we have found significant flaws that go beyond age appropriate wear, we always list them in the Condition section, so please be sure to check. 2. We are what we call "glass agnostic." If you see a base you like but want a glass top in a different size, shape, or edge treatment, we are always willing to supply it if we have it in stock. We can also ship most items without the glass, if you would like to have it made locally or want to save on shipping. Just ask. 3. If we have had an item restored or polished, we always ask our specialists to make it look "old but well cared for" rather than "new." Most people prefer vintage items to have some patina, or what we like to call "attractive defects." However, if you would prefer an item to look new, please let us know. We may be able to have it polished further for an additional charge. 4. 1stdibs shipping quotes tend to be the best. While there are rare circumstances when we may be able to beat them -- and we can almost always get it to you faster for an additional charge -- usually we cannot ship it for less. The exception is items 1stdibs believes should be shipped freight but you believe can be shipped in a box. If so, let us know. We'll be happy to help. 5. At MOBLER Home Decor, we care about our customers and want to give you the best service possible. We try to respond to messages within minutes, but in no event does it take more than a few hours. Sometimes, though, messages get lost. If you haven't received a reply to your inquiry, price request, or order within 24 hours, please contact us by telephone. You can find us on the web or search for us in the 1stdibs Seller Directory. (At this writing, putting "Mobler" in the search box and choosing "Furniture" as the category should work.) Either way, if you first saw the item here rather than on our website or at our retail store, we will ask you to complete your transaction on 1stdibs.

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  • Dimensions

    H 20.25 in. x W 20.5 in. x D 20.5 in.

    H 51.44 cm x W 52.07 cm x D 52.07 cm

  • Seller location
    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Seller reference number
    1563
  • Reference number
    LU169523718642

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About Gio Ponti (Designer)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio 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 Columbo 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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