Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Ugo La Pietra, Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 183 for a similar example

  • 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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Rare chest of drawers

c. 1953
Walnut root-veneered wood, bronze.
81.3 x 100.3 x 47 cm (32 x 39 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Produced by Giordano Chiesa, Italy.

£18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for £48,500


24 Apr 2008, 2pm