Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa Sculptural Coffee Table in Maple
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Gio Ponti for Giordano Chiesa, coffee table, maple, glass, Italy, 1950s
Coffee table by Gio Ponti in maple. The base is rather stunning. Four legs with horizontal slats are connected together is an artistic way. From above the geometric form of a grid is visible through the round glass top. This pieces is an admirable example of Ponti's design and craftsmanship talent.
Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is a famous architect and furniture designer who had great impact on Italian design for decades. His multifaceted oeuvre exists because of his work as an architect, artist, interior designer and teacher. In 1921 Ponti graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano. In 1927 he founded Il Labirinto together with his partners Lancia, Buzzi, Marelli, Venini and Chiesa. Their goal was to design and produce high-quality furniture and decorative objects. Just one year later Gianni Mazzocchi and Ponti founded the design magazine ‘Domus’. Between 1936 and 1961 Ponti taught at the Faculty of Architecture in Milan classes on interior design, furnishing and decoration. His most famous architecture is the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan (1956).
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