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Super­leg­gera Chair

c. 1957

by Gio Ponti
for Cassina

Super­leg­gera Chair

by Gio Ponti
for Cassina

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The Super­leg­gera deigned by Gio Ponti features a seat in India cane and is avail­able with an ash frame in a natural finish along with white or black lacquered finish. The chair is also avail­able with an uphol­stered seat that is avail­able in a number of textile options. Ponti’s inter­est in devel­op­ing a superlight yet struc­turally durable chair devel­oped into an ongoing research collab­o­ra­tion between designer and manu­fac­turer, Cassina, through­out the early 1950s result­ing in the final version of the Super­leg­gera chair in 1957. This hugely success­ful design has remained in contin­u­ous produc­tion since its inception.

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Gio Ponti

Italy (1891–1979)

The Milanese polymath Gio Ponti believed that the quickest path to beauty was simplicity. This, in itself, was a radical idea, but the hundred buildings in 13 countries Ponti built in his 87 years proved him right. His style promoted comfort and emphasized a lightness of spirit and material. Never one to rest on his laurels, Ponti also founded and directed the legendary Domus magazine, which changed the course of 20th Century design by introducing a generation of Italian designers to the work and ideas of Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and Charles and Ray Eames.

But this impact of his own work remains profound. His most famous skyscraper, the Pirelli Tower, took the au courant concrete-and-curtain wall block and faceted its sides, almost forming a smile. His residences often eschewed walls of glass for floating facades that illuminated like movie screens. Most of all, his industrial design embodied an unfussy faith in sensuality: his 1948 La Pavoni espresso machine curves in all the right places, as do his mid-century perfume bottles of Murano glass made in collaboration with Piero Fornasetti. Most successful of all remains is Superleggera Chair for Cassina, with a frame that bends backwards to soothe the sitter and a cane seat so lightweight a child could lift it, and did, in its joyful ad campaign.

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