Gio Ponti - Design London Thursday, November 12, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Turin

  • Literature

    'Linea e comfort', Domus, no. 289, December 1953, p. 53; no. 293, April 1954, front cover; no. 308, July 1955, n.p.
    Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interiors, Objects, Drawings, 1920-1976, Milan, 2004, p. 172

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the X Milan Triennale, 1954.

  • 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 ‘Distex’ armchair

circa 1953
Fabric, vinyl, walnut.
79 x 80 x 106.5 cm (31 1/8 x 31 1/2 x 41 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£18,000 - 24,000 

Sold for £28,980

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London Auction 12 November 2020