Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino Pair of Lounge Chairs
Gio Ponti for Casa e Giardino, pair of lounge chairs, reupholstered in Zak & Fox fabric, walnut, Italy, circa 1939.
This sensuous set of armchairs is designed by Gio Ponti. The chairs feature a round back, a thick seat and small tapered legs. The armrests are high and provide a sheltered feel for the sitter. The design is typical for the overall aesthetic feel of Gio Ponti who is known for furniture with clear proportions and great usability. This set is both softly shaped as architectural as the design is strong and stately. The chairs have been reupholstered in a Zak & Fox, showcasing a delicate pattern of purple lines.
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.
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