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Leggera Chair

c. 1952

by Gio Ponti
for Cassina

Leggera Chair

by Gio Ponti
for  Cassina

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The Leggera Chair designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina is an icon of design, its lines clean-cut refined, and versa­tile. It adapts effort­lessly to a variety of require­ments and settings. The Leggera is avail­able with armrests or without. 

A wood chair, par excel­lence, the Leggera marks one of the key points of the rela­tion­ship, both in terms of design and produc­tion, which started in the 1950s between Gio Ponti, Cesare Cassina, and the Cassina company’s arti­sans. The expe­ri­ence and the capa­bil­i­ties of the craft were put to the test in address­ing the chal­lenge of light­en­ing the chair frame – the ulti­mate outcome being the inim­itable slim­line Super­leg­gera chair – concen­trat­ing on its essen­tial lines while respect­ing its resis­tance and stabil­ity. The many combi­na­tions and contrasts in color between the ashwood frame and the seat-cover keep the Leggera constantly up-to-date, as well as making it a perfect partner for any setting. 


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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