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    GIO PONTI 'Parete Organizzata'

    The idea of assembling and combining disparate items within an organized structure is of course akin to my affinity for creating montage; this wall unit, which Franklin and I have lived with and treasured for over 22 years, is to me the de-facto 'poster child' of Moss: Dialogues Between Art & Design, most representative of what Moss was and is now. Murray Moss presents Gio Ponti's 'Parete Organizzata' illuminated wall organizer, 1950-1953, from The Collection of Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell.

  • Provenance

    Primavera Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    ‘Spedizione per Stoccolma N.5’, Domus, 282, May 1953, p. 37 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 188, fig. 390
    Murray Moss ‘Murray Moss’, Casa Grazia, no. 12, December 2011, pp. 82-83
    Murray Moss, ‘Midtown? Yes, Midtown: Design maven Murray Moss lives with the tourists—and loves every minute of it’, New York Magazine: Design, Summer 2012, illustrated p. 127
    Arlene Hirst, ‘TDA/Total Design Addict’, Elle Décor Italia, no. 9, September 2012, illustrated cover, pp. 182, 187

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ponti’s ‘Parete Organizzata’ illuminated wall organizer assembles, all in one wall panel, shelves for objects and books, glass racks for magazines, protected nooks for more fragile objects, and a small plinth–nearly a reliquary–begging for art. In addition, the wall organizer provides lighting, which, placed behind the various containers, causes the sundry receptacles to appear floating, adding an overall quality of lightness. The idea of assembling and combining disparate items within an organized structure is of course akin to my affinity for creating montage; this wall unit, which Franklin and I have lived with and treasured for over 22 years, is to me the de-facto ‘poster child’ of Moss: Dialogues Between Art & Design, most representative of what Moss was and is now. It is an architecture at the service of Babel, encouraging multiple dialogues, visual cacophony, comparison, evaluation, and playfulness through hands-on participation, all the while ensuring an overall harmony and sense that all of the noise is in fact music.

  • 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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COLLECTION OF MURRAY MOSS AND FRANKLIN GETCHELL

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‘Parete Organizzata’ illuminated wall organizer

1950-1953
Mahogany-veneered wood, Vitrex glass, frosted glass, brass.Mahogany-veneered wood, Vitrex glass, frosted glass, brass.
82 1/2 x 116 1/8 x 14 1/2 in (209.6 x 295 x 36.8 cm)
Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy. Each piece of glass acid-etched with ‘VITREX’.

Estimate
$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $86,500

Moss

16 October 2012
New York