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  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), no. 490, September 1970, pp. 27-28
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 254
    Ugo La Pietra,ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 378-80 for an example from the 'APTA' series
    Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 249

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'APTA' series was presented at EuroDomus 3 in Milan in 1970. With this extensive line of furnishings Gio Ponti built on principles first presented at the triennials of 1954 and 1957. Conceived with the smaller proportions of the mid-century home in mind, the lightweight pieces were fitted with casters and collapsible elements for ease of use.

  • 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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Drop-leaf table, from the 'APTA' series

Painted wood.
74.7 cm (29 3/8 in.) high, 119.5 cm (47 in.) diameter fully extended
Manufactured by Walter Ponti, Italy.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £13,750

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