Gio Ponti - Design London Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Penny Sparke, Italian Design: 1870 to the Present, London, 1988, p. 97 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 armchair

c. 1954
Fabric, walnut.
79 cm. (31 1/8 in.) high
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti archives. The Ponti Archives certificate states that the current model was produced prior to the model presented at the Milan Triennial in 1957, and subsequent to the model presented in 1953 with Altamira (model803 by Cassini).

£4,500 - 5,500 

Sold for £20,625


7 April 2011