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  • Exhibited

    “Espressioni di Gio Ponti,” Triennale, Milan, May 6 – July 24, 2011

  • Literature

    “Il Nuovo Albergo ‘Parco dei Principi’ in Roma,” Domus, no. 425, April 1965, p. 53; Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 372, fig. 773; Graziella Roccella, Gio Ponti: Master of Lightness, Cologne, 2009. pp. 78–79 for background on Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome; Germano Celant, ed., Espressioni di Gio Ponti, exh. cat., Triennale, Milan, 2011, p. 109, fig. 174

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was designed for the Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome. It was thereafter produced by Arredoluce in a very small series, of which four examples are known.

  • 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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Monumental chandelier, for the Hotel Parco dei Principi, Rome

ca. 1964
Frosted glass, brass.
23 1/4 in. (59 cm.) drop, 81 7/8 in. (208 cm.) diameter
Manufactured by Arredoluce, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York