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Superleggera Chair, 1957

This is a chair. It was designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina S.p.A. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is turned, planed and joined ash, twill-woven cane. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

For years, Gio Ponti strove to create the lightest possible chair that could be manufactured with the craft and distinction of the best Italian manufacturers. Inspired by 19th-century Italian ladderback chairs with woven straw seats, the Superleggera is the culmination of that effort—planed ash, shaped into a slender frame with triangular legs that are expertly joined, with a hand-woven cane seat. The total weight of this sleek and simple chair is only 3.10 pounds.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Geometria Bowl, 1924
  • painted and glazed porcelain.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.
  • 1968-146-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 83.2 x 40 x 43.2 cm (32 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. x 17 in.)

Cite this object as

Superleggera Chair, 1957; Designed by Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891 - 1979); Italy; turned, planed and joined ash, twill-woven cane; H x W x D: 83.2 x 40 x 43.2 cm (32 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. x 17 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2013-54-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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