Gio Ponti - Design New York Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria O, Rome, ItalyPrivate collection, Italy

  • Literature

    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interior, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2010, p. 160

  • Catalogue Essay

    The fabric of this armchair is original and is based on an illustration by Luigi Crippa, an artist close to Ponti. According to the Gio Ponti Archives, this armchair was commissioned for a private apartment and the design, in line and proportion, was a model for subsequent serial productions from Cassina and Altamira.

  • 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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Unique armchair

ca. 1948
Fabric, walnut.
31 1/8 in. (79 cm) high
Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $40,000


14 December 2011
New York