Unique 'Diamond' sofa, designed for a Villa, Liguria

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Liguria, Italy, 1960s
    Thence by descent
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Una porta, e nuovi mobili', Domus, no. 321, August 1956, pp. 21-24 for similar examples
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, pp. 182, 247, 192 for similar examples
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, p. VI, p. 252, fig. 531, p. 324, fig. 677 for similar examples

  • Artist Bio

    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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Gio Ponti

Unique 'Diamond' sofa, designed for a Villa, Liguria

1960s
Fabric, walnut.
69.5 x 205 x 205 cm (27 3/8 x 80 3/4 x 80 3/4 in.)
Manufactured by Figli di Amedeo Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

sold for £68,500

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