Gio Ponti, ‘Pair of "Diamond" Lounge Chairs from the Residence of Lisa Ponti, Milan, Italy’, circa 1953, Sotheby's: Important Design
Gio Ponti, ‘Pair of "Diamond" Lounge Chairs from the Residence of Lisa Ponti, Milan, Italy’, circa 1953, Sotheby's: Important Design

Produced by Cassina, Italy

Dimensions: 27 x 32 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (68.6 x 82.5 x 82.5 cm) each

This lot is being sold with a certificate of expertiste from the Gio Ponti Archives.

From the Catalogue:

The present “Diamond” armchairs and sofas (lots 317-319) by Gio Ponti, were formerly in the collection of the artist’s daughter, Lisa Ponti (illustrated in Domus in 1956 within the context in her Milan apartment). They were the centerpiece of her highly curated living room, presented amidst an array of works by important designers of the time, including Isamu Noguchi, Tapio Wirkkala, Fausto Melotti, Carlo Mollino, and various other works by Ponti. The diversity of objects, colors, and textures imparted the space with great dynamism, while the controlled lines and strategic placement of pieces promoted a subdued atmosphere well-suited for conversation and relaxation. Coming from such a fashionable and historical interior, one can image the vibrant intellectual conversation that the present seating suite must have hosted. In fact, Ponti designed this model with the specific purpose of facilitating conversation. Their deep, wide seats are comfortable, inviting, and can accommodate a large group of guests. Their profiles are intentionally low to allow the sitter to drape their arm over the backrest as they settle into conversation. Moreover, this seating group itself presents a worthy and captivating topic for discussion, with its sleek silhouette, dynamic, faceted geometry, and fascinating provenance.

—Courtesy of Sotheby's

"Una porta, e nuovo mobili," Domus no. 321, August 1956, pp. 21-24 (for period photographs of Lisa Ponti house including the present lot)
Laura Falconi, Gio Ponti: Interni, Oggetti, Disegni, 1920-1976, p. 182 (for the present lot in situ)

Lisa Ponti, Milan (daughter of the artist)
Private Collection, Italy
Wright, Chicago, December 9, 2007, lot 121
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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