Gio Ponti - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, Florence, 1990, p. 212 for a photo of the chairs in situ; Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, pp. 370 and 373

  • 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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Set of 12 side chairs, Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome, Italy

Ebonized oak, ultra-suede. Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Two with paper labels “Figli di Amedea Cassina/Meda/Italy” (12).
Each: 33 in. (83.8 cm) high

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $16,200

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York