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 Gio Ponti for 50th Anniversary
The Denver Art Museum’s upcoming anniversary honoring Gio Ponti has kicked off a campus-wide transformation by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects.
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…
Glimpse This Fashion Designer’s Collection for Farrow & Ball
Fashion designer Christopher John Rogers’ latest endeavor is Carte Blanche, a capsule collection of paints and wallpapers for U.K.’s Farrow & Ball.
Anna Karlin Unveils a Shapely New Furniture and Lighting Collection
Product designer Anna Karlin’s hotly anticipated fall collection of lighting, furniture, and objects comes together after three years in the making.
8 Conversation-Worthy Fittings and Fixtures
From colorful stained-glass tiles to sleek faucets and architectural-inspired fixtures, these kitchen and bath accents double as conversation starters.