A Memorable Tribute to Gio Ponti at the London Design Festival 2017

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The London Design Festival 2017 is scheduled to occur from 16-24 September, in Brompton Road, and it will count with the extraordinary collaboration between Molteni&C|Dada and Kvadrat following the “Other Stories – alternative perspectives on design” selected by Brompton Design District. This will explore the wide variety of issues design has to offer, it will be “a dialogue between architecture and design, historical and contemporary production of both the past and present.”

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A documentary movie by Molteni&C dubbed as “Amare Gio Ponti” will be displayed at the exhibition, in honour of iconic Italian architect and designer, Gio Ponti. It will be accompanied by a modern reinterpretation of the artist’s best work which will be upholstered in fabrics from the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, this installation will be presented and designed by Vincent Van Duysen. These fabrics will be selected taking into consideration the Gio Ponti Archives and the use of different colours and patterns in homage to Ponti’s aesthetic.

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“Amare Gio Ponti” is a phenomenal visual journey by Francesca Molteni about the design maestro, Gio Ponti. In this documentary features, admirers of the grand artist can listen to testimonials of his children, Lisa, Letizia and Giulio as well as grandchildren, Salvatore Licitra and Paolo Rosselli, and interviews from contemporary designers, architects and intellectuals, such as Vittorio Gregotti, Fulvio Irace, Enzo Mari, Giovanna and Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Sandro Mendini, Nanda Vigo and Bob Wilson, among many other exciting features.

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The d.156.3 design was conceived by Gio Ponti and produced for Altamira. This striking armchair has a solid American walnut or black semi matt lacquered frame. It is assembled and sandpapered by hand and wiped with aniline dyes. Moreover, the particular ergonomic backrest consists of crisscrossed elastic straps, which support the soft, quilted and edged cushion.

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Always passionate about nautical furnishings, Gio Ponti gained direct experience in four ocean liners and two cruise ships upgraded or built from scratch after the war, between 1949 and 1951: the Conte Grande, Africa, Oceania, Conte Biancamano, Andrea Doria and Giulio Cesare. Ponti designed the easy D.151.4 chair with slight variants for these ships. Featuring an enveloping frame and comfortable armrests, it has solid wooden legs with brass shoes.

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Designed in 1953, the D.153.1 armchair is part of the furniture of Gio Ponti’s private house in via Dezza in Milan. This re-edition is produced by Molteni&C based on the original drawings from the Ponti archives. Brass structure, cover in bicolor white-blue leather or “Punteggiato” fabric, this magnificent piece was designed for Rubelli in 1934. 

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The D.154.2 armchair was designed for one of the projects closest to Gio Ponti’s heart, the villa of the Planchart collectors in Caracas. It is part of the Gio Ponti Collection, which was curated by Molteni&C under the artistic direction of Studio Cerri & Associati. The armchair has a cosy structure with a rigid polyurethane frame. In 2016, this lovely chair was recognised at the Wallpaper Design Awards, becoming an instant Molteni&C classic.


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