Pair of 'Continuum' armchairs

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  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 222
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Gio Ponti: A World, exh. cat., Design Museum, London, 2002, p. 63
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 191

  • Artist Bio

    Gio Ponti

    Italian • 1891 - 1979

    Among the most prolific talents to grace twentieth-century design, Gio Ponti defied categorization. Though trained as an architect, he made major contributions to the decorative arts, designing in such disparate materials as ceramics, glass, wood and metal. A gale force of interdisciplinary creativity, Ponti embraced new materials like plastic and aluminum but employed traditional materials such as marble and wood in original, unconventional ways.

    In the industrial realm, he designed buildings, cars, machinery and appliances — notably, the La Cornuta espresso machine for La Pavoni — and founded the ADI (Industrial Designer Association). Among the most special works by Gio Ponti are those that he made in collaboration with master craftsmen such as the cabinetmaker Giordano Chiesa, the illustrator Piero Fornasetti and the enamellist Paolo de Poli.

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Gio Ponti

Pair of 'Continuum' armchairs

circa 1963
Bamboo, cane, fabric.
Each: 103 x 62.5 x 91.7 cm (40 1/2 x 24 5/8 x 36 1/8 in.)
Manufactured by Bonacina, Lurago d'Erba, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

sold for £13,750

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London Auction 20 September 2017