Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 160 for a similar example;  Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il mobile italiano degli anni ’40 e ’50, Roma-Bari, 1992, p. 41 for a similar example; Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, pp. 226, 229, 233-234 and 251-252 for similar examples

  • 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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‘Distex’ armchair

c. 1953
Walnut, fabric, brass. 
99.7 cm. (39 1/4 in.) high
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £9,375


30 Apr 2009, 2pm