Gio Ponti, ‘chair from the Palazzo Montecatini’, 1936, Wright
Gio Ponti, ‘chair from the Palazzo Montecatini’, 1936, Wright
Gio Ponti, ‘chair from the Palazzo Montecatini’, 1936, Wright

This chair was designed for the Montecatini Corporation, producers of aluminum products. Ponti challenged the notion of mass produced items as necessarily uninventive; the series utilizes multiple standardized elements combined in various ways to create six distinct forms.

This example has the original Bakelite feet. Impressed marks to bottom: [Montecatini S.A. Modello 1938].

Italy

Sitting on the Edge, Antonelli, pl. 43-44 Gio Ponti: L'Arte Si Innamora Dell'Industria, La Pietra, ppg. 84-85

Private Collection | Wright, Important 20th Century Design, 25 September 2005, Lot 180 | Important Private Collection

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