A Look Back at Gio Ponti’s Superleggera Chair
Gio Ponti regarded his Superleggera for Cassina as one of his three major masterpieces. (The other two are his Pirelli Tower in Milan and Taranto’s Concattedrale Gran Madre di Dio.) Named after the Italian term for super-lightweight (clocking in at just 3.7 pounds), the ash and rattan chair represented an exciting take on the Ligurian region’s traditional chiavarina. Ponti’s first iteration, the Leggera of 1951, distilled into an even more elemental form in 1957 with the lithe Superleggera, which achieves its stability from struts slotted together. To test the design, it was thrown from the fourth floor of an apartment building; the chair bounced on the street but did not break. Ponti was satisfied and the rest, as they say, is history: Superleggera has been produced continually ever since.
Denver Art Museum Celebrates Architect Gio Ponti for 50th Anniversary
In 2021, when the pandemic will hopefully be behind us, one building on the two-block site that forms the Denver Art Museum turns 50. Its age is significant but its architect even more so: Gio Ponti. Furthermor…
At Home With Cini Boeri in Sardinia
Not so long ago, in Italy, women architects were few and far between. In fact, when Cini Boeri graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1951, she was one of only three.
This Chair by Sebastian Herkner is Made to Move
German designer Sebastian Herkner ingeniously melded the mobility of a task chair with the comfort of a lounge chair. Light in scale and with an attached leather handle on the back—not to mention a glide or caster base…
Dispatch from Cairo: Omar Chakil Transforms Ancient Materials into Modern Marvels
When pop singer turned designer Omar Chakil began visiting his ancestral home more often, he alighted on an overlooked material for his work.
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From ceramics to handblown glass to tabletop accessories, these 13 covetable accoutrements add the perfect touch to your home’s character.
Dame Zandra Rhodes Crafts Colorful, Hand-Painted Patterns for Gainsborough
Trained textile designer Dame Zandra Rhodes creates hand-painted patterns developed especially for English weaving house Gainsborough.