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Gio Ponti, 1952 - 2023

Molteni&C has partnered with Gio Ponti Archives to rebuild one of the rare pieces of furniture Gio Ponti designed for outdoor use - the D.150.5 chaise longue. This was designed by Ponti for the cruise ship Andrea Doria in 1952. where the architect shaped exceptional environments with his creative genius.

Design Gio Ponti, 1952 - 2023

The chaise longue stands out for two features - the first is the continuous li ne of the side design that uni­tes the different parts, the second is the radius of the angle between the seat and backrest, identica I to that specified by Ponti in his D.153.1 construction notes.

This edition is a tribute to Ponti's work for the Andrea Doria, where he was able to create exceptional environments with his multifaceted creativity. The chaise longue, “dreamed up” and designed by Ponti, is an important exponent of this representation, which anticipates, by seizing the opportunity of the ship's unconventional environments, precisely the continuous and modifiable spaces of his architecture of later years, where the furnishings participate in the domestic theatre without constructing fixed sets, as could be the case for living room or bedroom furniture, but rather responding to and representing in their design the comforts and needs of those who would use them.

“Industry is the way of the 20th century, it is its way of creating”

Gio Ponti, 1925


Gio Ponti

Giovanni “Gio” Ponti, (Milan, November 18, 1891 - Milan, September 16, 1979), is one of the Italian masters of architecture. He was also a designer and essayist and one of the most important of the twentieth century.
Other than the great architectural works which carry his unmistakable signature, he created a vast amount of work in the furniture sector. This is demonstrated in his three Milanese houses which were fully furnished in the "Ponti" style. The houses in via Randaccio, 1925, Casa Laporte in via Brin, 1926 and the last in via Dezza, in 1957 is an "expression" of his home design ideas.

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Gio Ponti

“[...] The majority of the objects in our lives are created and characterised by industry [...]”

Gio Ponti