Gio Ponti - Important Design London Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Public administration offices, Forlì

  • Literature

    'Chiarezza, unità, visibilità totale negli uffici modernissimi', Domus, no. 270, May 1952, pp. 21-27 for similar examples
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti: L’arte si innamora dell’industria, New York, 2009, pp. 192, 194-95, 204 for similar examples

  • 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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Set of eight side chairs and one armchair, designed for the public administration offices, Forlì

circa 1950
Walnut, fabric, brass.
Armchair: 88.3 x 51 x 56.1 cm (34 3/4 x 20 1/8 x 22 1/8 in.)
Each side chair: 88.5 x 41.5 x 44.1 cm (34 7/8 x 16 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.)

Manufactured by ISA, Bergamo, Italy. Exterior side of three chairs with partial metal inventory labels AMMINISTRAZIONE PROVINCIALE/FORLÌ/NUMERO D'INVENTARIO. Together with a certificate of expertise from the Gio Ponti Archives.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £32,500

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Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018