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  • Literature

    Gio Ponti and Nino Zoncada, 'Interni di una nuova nave', Domus, no. 267, February 1952, p. 14
    Paolo Piccione, Gio Ponti: le navi: il progetto degli interni navali, 1948-1953, Viareggio, Italy, 2007, p. 114
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 204, 215

  • Artist Biography

    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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Pair of armchairs, model no. 498, designed for the first class games room of the ‘Giulio Cesare’ transatlantic ocean liner

circa 1949
walnut, fabric
Each: 86.7 x 56.8 x 64.3 cm (34 1/8 x 22 3/8 x 25 3/8 in.)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives. Produced circa 1949.

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 60,000 
€4,500-6,800
$5,100-7,700

Sold for HK$93,750

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