Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti and Gio Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work, 1923-78, Cambridge, 1990, p. 194; Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, pp. 250-252, 281 and 287; Giampiero Bosoni, Italy: Contemporary Domestic Landscapes: 1945-2000, Milan and New York, 2001, p. 85; Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan and London, 2002, pp. 126 and 144-145; Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni Oggetti Disegni, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, pp. 182, 192 and 247

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present and the following two lots all hail from one original commission and have been together since their manufacture.  The chairs and sofa all retain their original upholstery. 

  • 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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Rare pair of “Diamond” lounge chairs

ca. 1953
Vinyl, fabric, brass, wood.
Each: 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm) high
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy (2).

$120,000 - 140,000 


12 June 2008, 2pm
New York