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  • Literature

    Domus (Milan), 282, May 1953, p. 37 for a similar example
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, p. 188, fig. 390
    Murray Moss, ‘Murray Moss’, Casa Grazia, no. 12, December 2011, pp. 82-83
    Murray Moss, ‘Midtown? Yes, Midtown: Design maven Murray Moss lives with the tourists—and loves every minute of it’, New York Magazine: Design, Summer 2012, p. 127
    Arlene Hirst, ‘TDA/Total Design Addict’, Elle Décor Italia, no. 9, September 2012, front cover, pp. 182, 187

  • 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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‘Parete Organizzata’ illuminated wall unit

Mahogany-veneered wood, Vitrex glass, frosted glass, painted brass, brass.
214.1 x 295.6 x 30.5 cm (84 1/4 x 116 3/8 x 12 in.)
Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Italy. Glass shelves with manufacturer's decals PROTEX and VTP.

£80,000 - 120,000 

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