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gio ponti's superleggera chair pic from  http://design-mind.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html

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Superleggera might be the lightest chair ever invented. Made for domestic use, this Gio Ponti's masterpiece is a symbol of post bellic middle classes' wealth.

During the 1950s, gio ponti devoted more time to industrial design. the angular 1953 'distex' armchair and 1957 'superleggera' chair (inspired by the traditional
chiavari chairs ponti had seen at the seaside, but so strong and light that a child could lift one up on a single finger) he designed for cassina swiftly
became classics of the period. info source: www.designboom.com

Italian design and Cassina together make up a consolidated (and in certain respects taken for granted) two-hander springing from entrepreneurial capacity and intuition honed in the difficult but stimulating period of the post World War second period.

Gio Ponti's collaboration was particularly fruitful, both for shape and line and from the technical point of view. His Superleggera chair (1957) would not have been possible without the skill and capacity of experimentation and workmanship of Cassina and its craftsmen. By means of progressive lightening of the structure (a triangular section of just 18 millimeters at the side) and modification of the shape of the struts, a particularly strong chair weighing only 1,66 kilos was achieved. info source: www.cassina.com

 
     

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gio ponti's superleggera chair pic from  http://design-mind.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html

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superleggera gio pontiimage source: www.designboom.com

 

gio ponti superleggera chair design vintage modernimage source: www.tropolism.com

 

gio ponti superleggera design cassinaimage source: www.designboom.com

 

gio ponti livia chair designimage source: www.kaboodle.com

 

 

 

 

 
     
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more about the author: iDesign / authors / Giò Ponti

more about the style: iDesign / styles / 50's industrial design

more about Ponti's design: www.designboom.com

more about superleggera: www.cassina.com , www.bonluxat.com

 

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