Gio Ponti (1891-1979) was the archetypal renaissance man whose design sensibility was one that could be translated to a wide array of media. From cutlery to skyscrapers, Ponti’s aesthetic translated to different forms and functions; he designed interiors for homes, businesses, chapels, and even the infamous Andrea Doria ocean liner, which still lives at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket. While Ponti was exceptionally knowledgeable about classical design and order, his work became progressively modern towards the latter half of his career.
One of the most important Italian architects and industrial designers of the 20th century, Gio Ponti also applied his vision of Italian design to the transatlantic ocean liners that would represent a postwar Italy full of art, beauty, and history. In the upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions will offer two Lounge chairs from the First Class Ballroom of the modern ocean liner Augustus.
One of the most remarkable designers and architects of the 20th century, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) strived to enhance every aspect of our environment, from buildings, furniture, and ceramics, to glass, silverware, and industrial products. The works of Gio Ponti have in recent years become recognized and sought after as landmarks in international design, however what many people may not realize is that Gio Ponti the architect began his stellar career with ceramics. The May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature two rare plates executed in 1925 and 1928 each manufactured by Richard-Ginori. Not only do these two plates stand out as exceptional examples, but they also come with impeccable provenance, having been purchased by the consignor’s Italian great grandparents before emigrating to the U.S.