Gio Ponti, ‘Apta folding table’, c. 1970, Wright
Gio Ponti, ‘Apta folding table’, c. 1970, Wright
Gio Ponti, ‘Apta folding table’, c. 1970, Wright

The Apta series was designed in 1970 and presented the same year in Milan at Eurodomus 3, an exhibition that explored new developments for the modern house. The furniture in this series was designed to be flexible and adaptable for use in smaller spaces.

Table features two drop-leaves; when extended table measures: 47 dia inches.

Italy

Manufacturer: Walter Ponti

Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Designi 1920-1976, Falconi, pg. 254 Gio Ponti: L'Arte Sin Innamora Dell'Industria, La Pietra, ppg. 378-380 discuss series Gio Ponti: The Complete Work 1923-1978, Ponti, pg. 249

About Gio Ponti

It takes a native son to build something as iconic as the Pirelli Tower, Gio Ponti’s 1960 masterpiece that soars over Milan. In 1928, the prolific architect and designer founded Domus, the influential design magazine to which he would contribute for the rest of his life. Along with building projects like the elegant Villa Planchart in Caracas, Ponti designed a number of now-iconic products, including the lightweight Superleggera chair and the curvy La Pavoni coffee machine of 1948. He was an enthusiastic leader of the post-war reconstruction, and a major influence on younger designers including Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass. In 2011, his prolific and wide-ranging career was the subject of the exhibition “Expressions of Gio Ponti” at the Triennale Museum in Milan. "Love architecture, be it ancient or modern,” Ponti said. “Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives."

Italian, 1891-1979