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Gio Ponti, 1959 - 2018

In 1958 Gio Ponti was commissioned to design the auditorium added to the Time&Life Building in New York. The D.859.1 table, mainly used as a large con­ference table, stands out among the furnishings of the auditorium for its imposing size, over 3.60 metres long, and refined and essential design.

Design Gio Ponti, 1959 - 2018

lt was made of solid ash with brass ferrules. lt was part of the Heritage collection and available in its hi­storical and dark wood versions. D.859.1 was reissued in two smaller sizes that faithfully maintain the har­mony and proportions of the originai design.

“Four distinct themes are interwoven in this building: the synthesis of the arts; the interplay of magnitudes in the juxtaposition of a small, almost homey space with the colossal bulk of the skyscraper; the representational and communicative function of the architecture and design; and lastly, the bond with advertising and the capital.”

Daniel Sherer, “Gio Ponti a New York”, in Espressioni Gio Ponti, catalogue for the exhibition at the Triennale di Milano, 2011.


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