Gio Ponti Furniture

Gio Ponti (1891-1979, Italy)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism. Ponti designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers — and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.

     The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus is reflected in his work: as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre. In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new; his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity. In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti — along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso — found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work. Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped “Distex” chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Columbo and others.

     His signature furniture piece — the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere — is the sleek “Superleggera” chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their “Architetturra” series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

     Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

Gio Ponti, Rare Asymmetric Sideboard Mahogany Glass Vinyl Brass, Italy, 1950s
Gio Ponti, Rare Asymmetric Sideboard Mahogany G...
Gio Ponti, Dassi
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Faux Leather, Glass, Mahogany
A rare, asymmetric modernist sideboard by Gio Ponti. Most likely produced by Dassi, Italy. in Mahogany and brass, with original glass, original light green vinyl, and original key. S...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.151.4 Armchair
Molteni Gio Ponti D.151.4 Armchair
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Always passionate about nautical furnishings, Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four ocean liners and two cruise ships upgraded or built from scratch after the war, between 1949 ...
Set of Six Spreaders by Gio Ponti
Set of Six Spreaders by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Tableware
Stainless Steel
These stainless steel spreaders were designed by Gio Ponti in 1954 as part of his "Domus" flatware service. Distinguished by its sculptural beauty and high quality of manufacture, Po...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.156.3 Armchair
Molteni Gio Ponti D.156.3 Armchair
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Velvet, Wood
Designed by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira, an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas, was displayed in the company’s showroom in New York, along with ...
White and Blue Armchairs Mod 516 by Gio Ponti for Cassina, Italy, circa 1955
White and Blue Armchairs Mod 516 by Gio Ponti f...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs
Velvet, Walnut
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, blue and white velvet, Italy, 1955. It features great sculptural details in the frame including upward contoured armrest,...
Gio Ponti Two Club Chairs for Casa E Giardino in Excellent Condition
Gio Ponti Two Club Chairs for Casa E Giardino i...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Textile, Wood
Gio Ponti two club chairs designed by Gio Ponti in collaboration with Lio Carminati for the Casa E Giardino company in excellent condition totally restored.
1930s by Gio Ponti Giovanni Gariboldi for San Cristoforo Ginori Pottery Bowl
1930s by Gio Ponti Giovanni Gariboldi for San C...
Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori, Giovanni Gariboldi
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery
Pottery
San Cristoforo, 1936 Green and black glazed pottery bowl. Perfect Condition.
Gio Ponti Curved Sofa
Gio Ponti Curved Sofa
Gio Ponti, Casa & Giardino
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet, Walnut
Gio Ponti for Casa E Giardino elegant antiqued velvet upholstered curved sofa with Italian walnut legs, Italy, circa 1938. Sold with "Certificate of Authenticity" from Gio Ponti arch...
Rare Set of Ten Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco Pozzi Plates
Rare Set of Ten Gio Ponti for Ceramica Franco P...
Gio Ponti, Ceramica Franco Pozzi
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Rare set of ten plates designed by Gio Ponti as part of the "Fantasia Italiana" series, produced in the late 1960s by Ceramica Franco Pozzi. These pieces are rare to find, and a set ...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.655.1 Wood Sideboard
Molteni Gio Ponti D.655.1 Wood Sideboard
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sideboards
Brass, Satin, Wood, Elm, Mahogany, Rosewood, Walnut
Marked by hand-painted white drawer fronts with applied handles in various wood kinds (elm, Italian walnut, mahogany and rosewood). Chest of drawers designed in several versions in ...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.154.2 Armchair in Velvet
Molteni Gio Ponti D.154.2 Armchair in Velvet
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Velvet
The armchair was designed for one of the projects closest to Gio Ponti’s heart, the villa of the Planchart collectors in Caracas (1953-1957). It is part of the Gio Ponti Collection, ...
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Coffee Table by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Oak
Coffee table by Gio Ponti, in oak with glass top and brass hardware, Italy, circa 1950s.
Centerpiece in Hand-Painted Maiolica "Domitilla...
Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Maiolica
Le Mie Donne is the first family of decorations designed by Giò Ponti. Ponti made important alterations to the Le Mie Donne series over the years, having the designs applied to pi...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.555.1 Small Coffee Table
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables
Metal
From Gio Ponti’s house, located in via Dezza in Milan, the small table D.555.1, designed in 1954-1955, is produced by Molteni&C based on the original drawings from the Ponti archives...
Molteni Gio Ponti D.552.2 Small Coffee Table
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Rosewood
Architecture, a pan virtuosity, acrobatic proportions and an intersection of joints. An infinite table which is a geometric dialogue between the glass and rosewood lightness and abst...
Gio Ponti Dining Chairs Set of 10
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Set of 10 superleggera chairs by Gio Ponti for Cassina. These iconic chairs are one of his most famous models. Sculptural frame of solid ash, with woven seats and slatted backs. Set ...
Gio Ponti Console Tables
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Glass, Wood
Rare console tables by Gio Ponti. Custom designed forms of ash and walnut with glass tops. Tall, tapering legs, and lower wood surface. Provenance: Private collection – Chianciano Te...
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs, # 512
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Silk, Wood
Pair of armchairs, # 512 with high back in blue or grey silk by Gio Ponti, Italy, late 1940. Comes with letter of authenticity by the Gio Ponti Archives.

Paolo De Poli Vase

By Gio Ponti
Paolo De Poli Vase
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Vases
Ceramic
Large and beautiful green enameled vase designed by Gio Ponti for De Poli. Signed.
Door Handle by Paolo De Poli and Gio Ponti, Ita...
Gio Ponti, Paolo De Poli
Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Doors and Gates
Copper door handle enameled in a turquoise hue by Gio Ponti and Paolo De Poli, excellent condition.
Molteni&C Gio Ponti D.859.1 Ash Black Wood Rect...
Gio Ponti, Molteni & C
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Dining Room Tables
Ash, Brass
The D.859.1 table, designed primarily as a meeting table for up to ten people, stands out not only for its impressive size over 3.60 meters long but especially for its simple yet ref...
D.754.1 Gio Ponti Leather Rug
Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern More Carpets
Leather
Rug designed in 1954. Made of pony leather in several colors. It enriches the Gio Ponti collection. Top part: Cattle hides with fur. Lower part: Linen blend cloth.  
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs
Gio Ponti, Casa & Giardino
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Walnut
Gio Ponti for Casa E Giardino elegant antiqued velvet upholstered pair of armchairs with Italian walnut legs, Italy, circa 1938. Fully restored and recently upholstered. Sold with Ce...
Venini Gio Ponti Chandelier in Grey and Green b...
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Art Glass
Glass chandelier with gold plated metal finishes and chain. A colorful chandelier with a touch of elegance that adds color to any living room or entrance space. Also available in var...
Gio Ponti Console Table, Italy, circa 1961
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Brass, Formica, Ash
Console table by Gio Ponti, Manufactured for the Parco dei Principe Hotel Sorrento, circa 1961 Ash formica brass.
Venini Gio Ponti Wall Sconce in Multi-Color by ...
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Art Glass
Glass wall sconce with gold-plated metal finishes. A bright pop of color to enliven any living space. Also available in various sizes, colors and as a chandelier. Dimensions: 25 c...
Gio Ponti Cocktail Table
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Elegant cocktail table by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Model # 2137, delicate walnut base floating a rectangular travertine top. A great example of Ponti's post war designs for t...
12 Vintage Italian Leggere Chairs in Ashtree Wo...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fruitwood
12 vintage dining chairs in polished ashtree wood, white linen upholstery, model "Leggere" number 646/3 design by Gio Ponti manufactured by Cassina, Italy, circa 1954 Measures: H 83...
Gio Ponti Armchair Model 803, Italy, 1954
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Faux Leather
Gio Ponti armchair model 803, Italy, 1954. Cassina, Italy, 1954. Faux leather upholstery, walnut. Measurements: 29.5 W x 33 D x 31 H inches. Excellent condition, newly uphols...
Small Writing Desk by Gio Ponti for Schirolli, ...
Gio Ponti, Schirolli & Co.
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
Small writing desk designed by Gio Ponti for Schirolli. Produced in the 1960s in Italy. The table has four drawers on the right part, is made of wood and has a formica top in light g...
Gio Ponti Wall Light circa 1957 by Arredoluce, ...
Arredoluce, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Steel
This lamp is made in patinated brass, painted brass, painted steel. Manufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti Archives....
Pair of Club Chairs by Gio Ponti for Casa Giardino
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Club Chairs
Alpaca, Wood
Pair of club chairs by Gio Ponti for Casa Giardino. A pair of lounge chairs designed by Gio Ponti for Casa Giardino in Italy, circa 1938. The chairs have been completely restored in...
Gio Ponti for Singer and Sons Italian Walnut an...
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iconic coffee table designed by Gio Ponti for Singer & Sons in Italian walnut with exotic stone top.

Gio Ponti Cabinet

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Cabinet
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Wood
Rare three-door floating cabinet by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Mahogany cabinet raised on tapering legs. Three knife-edge doors set into a bevelled frame. Interior drawers and ...
Gio Ponti Side Chairs
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wood, Walnut
Pair of side chairs by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Solid mahogany frames with upholstered seat and backrest. A strong Ponti design that can be used for many applications.
Gio Ponti Lidded Box
Gio Ponti, Richard Ginori
Vintage 1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Lidded box by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori. Square-shaped porcelain box with lid. Glazed in red and black with palm frond motif. Signed and dated on underside. Publication: Gio Ponti...
Gio Ponti Pair of Stools
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools
Cotton, Walnut
Pair of small mid-century architectural stools in walnut with upholstered seats by Gio Ponti, (1891-1979) Italy, circa 1950. Comes with letter of authenticity from the Gio Ponti arch...
Gio Ponti Pair Console Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Brass, Wood
Console table in ash with two drawers and nickel-plated brass feet by Gio Ponti (1891-1979), Italy, circa 1960. Comes with letter of authenticity by Gio Ponti archives.
Gio Ponti Pair of Desks or Tables
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Wood
Pair of desks or tables in ash with three drawers and handles and feet in brass by Gio Ponti (1891 - 1971), Italy, circa 1940. The desks were at the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Ber...
Gio Ponti Large Desk, Library Table
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Mahogany
Rare, large desk - library table in mahogany with three drawers and brass sabots by Gio Ponti, Italy, circa 1940. The desk came from the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in Bergamo. Comes...
Gio Ponti Pair of Armchairs from the "Paradiso ...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Rare sculptural pair of armchairs in mahogany stained wood with velvet upholstery by Gio Ponti, Italy, late 1940. The chairs were designed for the lobby of the hotel "Paradiso del Ce...
Screen of Light Squared Sconce by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, Pollice Illuminazione
2010s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
This exquisite sconce is a wall light sculpture made in a limited series of numbered pieces based on drawings executed in 1957 by master designer Gio Ponti. It was entirely handmade ...
Screen of Light Squared Sconce by Gio Ponti in ...
Gio Ponti, Pollice Illuminazione
2010s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Part of a limited series of numbered wall light sculptures created following the 1957 drawings of master designer Gio Ponti, this squared sconce was entirely handcrafted with artisan...
Gio Ponti Walnut Diamond Dining Table from S. F...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Iron, Walnut
Exceptional Gio Ponti big dining table 1961-1964 big diamond dining table from the Church San Francesco al Fopponino Via Paolo Giovio Milan 1961-64 likely an "altar" Unique pi...
Midcentury Gio Ponti Dining Table Desk Mahogany...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Extremely rare midcentury Gio Ponti flamed mahogany dining table or desk circa 1940, the rectangular flamed mahogany top with fluted frieze raised on shaped legs with gilt bronze sab...
Italian Three-Seat Sofa with Floral Upholstery
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
In the manner of Gio Ponti, three-seat sofa, floral fabric and wood, Italy, 1940s. Elegant and feminine sofa designed in the style and time of Gio Ponti with original upholstery. ...
Venini Gio Ponti Chandelier in Grey by Giò Ponti
Venini, Gio Ponti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Art Glass
Glass chandelier with gold-plated metal finishes and chain. An understated and elegant chandelier option particularly suitable to an entrance or living room environment. Also availab...
Gio Ponti Brass Mirror, 1930s
Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror
Very refined brass mirror by Gio Ponti for Fontana Arte. Remaining old label of Fontana Arte on the back of the mirror The mirror still has its original beveled mirror in perfect c...
Set of Ten "Leggera" Chairs by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Elegant set of ten chairs “Leggera” by Gio Ponti for Cassina. Newly reupholstered with beige vinyl.

Gio Ponti Cabinet

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Cabinet
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Rare two-tier cabinet by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Three-door cabinet (#2160) with interior double-wide drawers. One door opens to reveal open shelf storage. Up top is a f...

Gio Ponti Desk

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Desk
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Gio Ponti custom eight-drawer desk. From a small edition created for administrative offices in Forli, Italy. Blonde wood desk with red linoleum top, shingled drawer faces and brass...

Gio Ponti Desk

By Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti Desk
Gio Ponti, Schirolli & Co.
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Gio Ponti elegant writing table/ desk. Rare walnut desk with single center drawer. Side storage shelves concealed by tambour panels. Brass handles and sabots. Produced by Schirolli o...
Gio Ponti Midcentury Rope "Leggera" Dining Chai...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Rope, Ash
Set of 8 646 "Leggera" chairs designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Cassina in the 1950s and originally made in 1952. Natural rope seat and walnut colored solid ashwood. Very good co...
Superleggera Chair by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1960s Italian Chairs
Superleggera chair by Gio Ponti and Cassina, the seat is a bit stained.
Luna Suspension Light by Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti, Tato Italia
2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass, Acrylic, Steel
Luna suspension light by Gio Ponti for Tato Italia. Current production designed and manufactured in Italy 2018. Wired for US junction boxes. Brushed satin brass hardware, acrylic dif...
Gio Ponti for Venini, Murano Glass 8 Arm Chande...
Venini, Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Murano Glass
Gio Ponti for Venini, Murano Glass 8 Arm Chandelier A classic Ponti design in rarely seen color combination, a very attractive chandelier. The baluster and spherical standard adorned...
Gio Ponti Armchairs
Gio Ponti, M. Singer & Sons
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Wood
Rare pair of armchairs by Gio Ponti for M. Singer & Sons. Mahogany frames with recently upholstered seat and back. Iconic Ponti forms in excellent condition.  
Gio Ponti, Lounge / Armchairs, Beige Velvet, Da...
Gio Ponti, Casa & Giardino
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Beech
Organically shaped lounge chairs designed by Gio Ponti. Produced by Casa e Giardino in the 1940s. Reupholstered in a high-end beige velvet fabric. Dark stained beech legs. Comes w...
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