Gio Ponti - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    “Architetto Gio Ponti: Casa B. in Milan,” Domus, May 1934, illustrated p. 22; Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni Oggetti Disegni 1920-1976, Milan, 2005, p. 100 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gio Ponti’s Casa B. in Milan, was an exercise in restraint.  Ponti’s approach to this interior was one of comfort and refinement rather than overt luxury.  Materials used throughout the interior were high-quality and attractive but relatively low-maintenance, exhibiting the casual yet elegant look and feel Ponti was trying to achieve.  This style was dominant for interiors throughout Europe and Britain at this time, reflecting the relative sobriety of the inter-war years.

  • 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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Extremely rare side table, from Casa B., Milan, Italy

ca. 1934
Mahogany, mahogany-veneered wood.
16 in. (40.6 cm) high, 27 1/4 in. (69.2 cm) diameter
Underside of table top with paper inventory label with indecipherable letters and “169/tavolo lando basso.”

$10,000 - 15,000 

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York