Gio Ponti - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Enrichetta Ritter, Milan, circa 1950

  • Literature

    Jasper Morrison, '80!MOLTENI', Domus, no. 991, May 2015, p. 110 for an image and drawing of a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Enrichetta Ritter was a lifelong collaborator and friend of Gio Ponti. Ritter worked with Ponti at Domus, where she was an editor of the influential architecture and design magazine.

  • 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 bookcase, designed for Enrichetta Ritter, Milan

circa 1950
Walnut-veneered wood, walnut.
184 x 203.5 x 34 cm (72 1/2 x 80 1/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £25,000

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018