Cassina presents two new re-editions of the iconic 699 Superleggera chair designed by Gio Ponti for the Cassina I Contemporanei Collection. Alongside the current natural ash-wood, black lacquered and white lacquered chairs with an Indian cane seat, new variants taken from Cassina’s late 1950’s production are available with colourful padded seats in removable leather or fabric. This version, with 450 possible combinations, has a natural ash-wood frame that can be open pore varnished in black or white, elegantly revealing the true essence of the wooden structure. The second re-edition, inspired by a model designed by Ponti in the 1950’s for exhibitions but which was never serially produced, has a stunning bicolour black and white lacquered frame and padded white or graphite leather seat. “In the darkness” said Ponti “it will be even lighter because it will be supported by just two legs”.
Gio Ponti regarded the Superleggera chair as one of his three masterpieces (together with the Pirelli Tower in Milan and the Concattedrale of Taranto). It represents a symbol of perfection and balance between solidity and lightness, with a triangular section of just 18 millimetres and a minimum weight of 1,700 grams. It is the fruit of Gio Ponti’s research and the experimental and creative ability and expertise of Cassina and its craftsmen, who have produced this chair non-stop since 1957.
699 Superleggera Chair, by Gio Ponti, for Cassina
Gio Ponti (1891–1979) was one of Italy’s most influential designers whose work includes automobiles, furniture, interiors, and buildings. Working in a multitude of materials, he is a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century architecture and design, and his work continues to inspire young designers who are increasingly rediscovering it today. This expansive and exhaustively researched monograph chronicles the complete spectrum of Gio Ponti’s output, from early ceramic work as design director for Richard Ginori to his last and most famous architectural works, Milan’s Pirelli Tower and the Museum of Modern Art in Denver. Also featured are Ponti’s automobile designs for Alfa Romeo, interiors for Italian luxury liners, bathroom fixtures for American Standard, the famous Superleggera chair for Cassina, and the Alitalia offices in New York.
Gio Ponti, Edited by Ugo La Pietra, Hardcover, 8-7/8 x 11, ISBN: 9780847832705
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Created by architect and designer Ramón Esteve, The Oru Armchair is a lounge chair with a design inspired by the shapes of origami. With its crisp, unmistakeable form–which boasts a multitude of contours–the chair is highly conducive to rest and relaxation. Available in a range of colours–notably a strong red and vibrant yellow.
Oru Armchair, by Ramón Esteve, for Joquer
A sensational interpretation of a four poster bed. A bed made to dream, a temple where to gather to sleep. Demountable structure, honeycomb panels with veneer in ash polished natural wood, or dyed in colors wengè or white with open pore. The upholstered headboard is removable. The bed includes a base, in plywood properly milled to allow a correct aeration of the mattress. Same finishing as the structure. The upper closing ceiling is in 100% cotton removable fabric.
Cinova Temple Four Poster Bed, by Claesson Koivisto Rune
German Manuacturer Böwer launched new sideboards by designer Eric Degenhardt at imm cologne. Six milimeter wooden sheets, a horizontal gap and the long tabular steel legs characterize the boards and give them a simple and clear graphical appearance. The slightly sloping fronts–and the overlapping side panels–dissolve the compact body, that is based on a 600 mm grid. The sideboards are resting effortless on slender legs–almost hovering. Veneered in elm, they are available in 1800 mm and 2400 mm length – with doors, drawers or open compartments.
Sideboards, by Eric Degenhardt, for Böwer
Sober and classically elegant, Makil is a stackable oak chair. It is an example, of great delicacy, of Patrick Norguet’s natural ease in designing seats without ever repeating himself. Makil is therefore a wood assembling game which uses the best possible bending techniques thanks to inside out knowledge of the fabrication tool. Alki and Patrick Norguet have collaborated together like this for several years; Patrick Norguet’s collection for Silvera made by Alki in 2008 is remembered in particular. A meeting which gave rise to the desire for a specific production for Alki unveiled at the Maison & Objet exhibition.
Three years in the making, Molo Chair is now launched for the Danish company Duba-B8. Molo is an easy to use and comfortable meeting and conference chair. The chairs in the Molo family are available with a runner frame and 4-leg base for canteen, meeting and conference areas and also includes a bar stool. Both the 4-leg and the runner frame is available with an armrest. The seating shell is made out of reusable ABS plastic and is introduced in 5 colours; black, white, lemon, violet and oyster white. For extra comfort one can add an especially designed felt cushion. All chairs are stackable.
Part of the permanent collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Speyside was conceived as a way of tucking away bottles of whisky or spirits in a storage unit with an outer section that can be opened and closed as needed.
Speyside, by Jonas Lindvall, for de nord
Silver Lake is a Patricia Urquiola creation that offers us an architectural memory inspired by the Californian modernism of the ‘50s. The Silver Lake range is composed of three sofas, two armchairs and a small armchair displaying a continuous geometric interplay of solids and voids, with volumes creating many-sided polyhedral forms. Wood, steel, fabric or leather in a sculptural synthesis that, indirectly, brings to the surface today the Utopian vision of the ‘50s. Silver Lake is the name of a Los Angeles neighbourhood that is famous for its architecture and today hosts numerous architecture firms and creative agencies.
Silver Lake, 2-seater, 3-seater, Armchair, by Patricia Urquiola, for Moroso
Glenn and Justin Lamont have designed a set of milking stools and matching table with shaped spun metal tops.
Spun Stools, Spun Dining Table, by Glenn and Justin Lamount, LifeSpaceJourney