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

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  • Provenance

    Gio and Giulia Ponti, Arenzano/Punta del Gabbiano; Ponti Family, Italy; Important Private Collection, Italy; Important Design, Wright, 9 December 2007, Lot 113

  • Exhibited

    9th Milan Triennale,  Milan, Italy, 1951

  • Literature

    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, London, 1990, illustrated p. 151; Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 1996, p. 185, figs. 381-383 for drawings and illustrated fig. 384; Marco Romanelli, Gio Ponti: A World, Milan, 2002, illustrated p. 90; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. III 1950-1954, Cologne, 2006, illustrated p. 188

  • 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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Unique hotel room interior, from the 9th Triennale of Milan, Italy

Ash, plastic laminate-covered wood, brass, glass, rubber. 
Dimensions variable
Furniture manufactured by Proserpio di Barzanò and rubber flooring manufactured by Pirelli, Italy.  Comprising large storage wall supporting writing desk, console, two drawers, two shelves, bookshelf, magazine rack, two integrated lights, electronic components, reading light, fold-up table and bed frame. Lot also includes one armchair and one side chair, both in original resinflex upholstery, one coffee table and Pirelli rubber flooring. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£80,000 - 120,000 Ω


30 Apr 2009, 2pm