Molteni & C, one of Italy’s leading international furniture manufacturers, worked closely with Gio Ponti’s heirs and used original prototypes and sketches, to produce a collection of furniture originally developed by the designer in the 1950s.
As one of the leaders of the Italian post-war design renaissance, Gio Ponti is renowned for his commitment and experimentation in the field of industrial design. Beginning with the study of architecture, his working life dramatically diversified to encompass art, furniture design and academia as well as founding architecture magazine Domus. His prolific career spanned over 50 years in which he experimented with diverse styles and ideologies within his own work, whilst encouraging discussion around the field of design and its future.
As an architect he designed buildings across multiple countries, from New York to Venezuela and his home city of Milan. His skills in architecture blended seamlessly with his interest in furniture and often lead to the production of pieces specifically for the buildings he designed. The diversity of his career both practical and academic contributed to his revolutionary understanding of space, function and aesthetics.
Molteni & C have utilised new materials and modern technologies while remaining true to Gio Ponti’s original prototypes.
Designed in 1953 the D.153.1 armchair was created for his own private house in Milan. The frame is made from brass whilst the “Punteggiato” fabric cover, also designed by Ponti in 1934, reinterprets the age-old technique of velvet weaving. The armchair is also available in a bicolour leather.
The iconic Gio Ponti chest of drawers was designed in several versions between the periods of 1952 to 1955. Resting on brass feet, the elmwood frame is fronted by hand-painted white drawers. The handles are individual wood varieties including elm, Italian walnut, mahogany and rosewood.
Originally created as part of a collection for the American market, the D.552.2 table was designed in the mid-1950s for M. Singer & Sons, one of the leading furniture stores in New York. The solid rosewood frame has satinised brass feet and is covered with a clear glass rounded triangle top.