Gio Ponti for Poltrona Frau Lounge Chair 'Dezza' in Light Blue Leather


Gio Ponti for Poltrona Frau, lounge chair model ´Dezza´ nr. 48, leather, lacquered ash, metal, Italy, 1965.

Stylish lounge chair designed by Gio Ponti for Poltrona Frau. This chair embodies some of Ponti’s most important design principles from both a formal and methodological perspective. For instance, the characteristic tapered triangular wooden legs, and the modular system of which these chairs are made of, comprising of a limited number of pieces to assemble. The supporting structure is executed in grey lacquered ash. In combination with the light blue leather upholstery, the overall appearance of this chairs is refreshing. A leather headrest is incorporated in the backrest for extra comfort.

Giovanni (Gio) Ponti (1891 – 1979) is one of the most influential Italian designers of the twentieth century. His contribution to architecture, furniture design and the arts has been substantial. Born in Milan in 1891, he attended the Polytechnic University of Milan, where he graduated in Architecture in 1921 after serving the military during WWI. He opened his first studio in 1927 in Milan with architect Emilio Lancia. Soon after, he founded Domus magazine in 1928 with Gianni Mazzocchi, which became one of the most prominent European magazines in architecture and design. Ponti participated during the Triennale exhibitions of the 1930's, and later he became a member of the Triennial committee. A significant shift can be distinguished in his designs between the two World Wars. During the early years, Ponti's style positioned between rationalism and Lombard Classicism that came forward in his use of decorative elements in his furniture and objects. Functionality and a pragmatic approach started to play a bigger role in his later designs. His work as a designer fully took off after WWII, and he became an important figure in Italian industrial aesthetics that conquered the international markets in the 1950s. Gio Ponti worked together with many designers, such as Antonio Fornaroli and Alberto Rosselli, and his work has been of great inspiration for even more. A few amongst Ponti's followers are Paolo Buffa, Paco Muñoz and Lina Bo Bardi, as with the latter Ponti worked together on a series of projects during the early period of Bo Bardi's career.

Please note that this chair show signs of age and use. Reupholstery can be done before shipping by our experienced craftsmen and -women in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece retains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized reupholstery is possible as well.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Gio Ponti (Designer) Poltrona Frau (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1965
  • dimensions Height 36.03 in. Width 31.5 in. Depth 33.47 in. Seat Height 16.15 in.
  • dimensions Height 91.5 cm Width 80 cm Depth 85 cm Seat Height 41 cm
  • material Ash Leather Metal
  • origin Italy
  • period 1960-1969
  • style Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • barcode 50111590