Gio Ponti - Design New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Catalogue Essay

    The "Il Sole" light was originally designed by Gio Ponti for the interior of the Istituto Gallini in Voghera, Italy (1956-1962). Though originally conceived as a ceiling light and fitted with a circular fluorescent bulb, the present model is a wall-hanging variant fitted with incandescent bulbs, which cast a warmer light more suitable to domestic interiors.

  • 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 “Il Sole” wall lights

circa 1962
Brass, painted brass, acrylic.
Each: 28 1/2 in. (72.4 cm) diameter, 3 in. (7.6 cm) deep
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Each with a label from the Ponti Archives to reverse. Each together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $30,000

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New York Auction 13 December 2016