Vintage Italian Dry Bar, 1955

by Gio Ponti

Design : wood, Seating, bar, Furniture

114 x 165 x 40 cm 44.9 x 65 x 15.7 inch

10,000 - $ 25,000
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Open edition


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Design: wood, Seating, bar, Furniture

Dimensions cm inch

114 x 165 x 40 cm 44.9 x 65 x 15.7 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed

Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: Italy

Vintage Italian dry bar is a midcentury design modern Italian bar attributed to Gio Ponti, circa 1955. This beautiful bar cabinet consists of one high wall-console, one curved serving cabinet, and two brass stools with white moleskin seats both in excellent conditions. Shelves and counter top realized in glass. The front of the cabinet is embellished by three brass-framed Venetian scenes designed by Piero Fornasetti. Preserved in extraordinary conditions with all its original elements and an extraordinarily bright brass. Dimensions: Wall-console: H 200 x 29 x 23 cm. Serving cabinet: H 114 x 45 x 165 cm. Stools: H 77 x 34 cm.
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Wallector Srl • Italy

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Gio Ponti

Italy  • 1891


Born in Milan in 1891, Giovanni (Gio) Ponti studied architecture at the Polytechnic. After the First World War, in which he had to serve, he worked as artistic director for the esteemed ceramic manufacturing company Richard-Ginori.

Between 1923 and 1927 he  associates with the architects Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia, opening his own studio in 1928, and founds the famous design magazine Domus, through whose pages (and those of Lo Stile, a magazine he will found and edit over the 1940s) Ponti influenced  international taste for design for over fifty years. 
Around 1933 Ponti joins the engineers Antonio Fornaroli and Eugenio Soncini to create the Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Soncini, which resolutely embraces the modernist aesthetic, and which he will work until 1945. In 1950 Ponti wins the commission for what, with  its 32 floors, it will become one of the iconic buildings of the 20th century, the Pirelli Tower in Milan (built in 1965).
In 1952 Alberto Rosselli joined the Studio (which became Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Rosselli), and even after his death in 1976 Ponti continued to  work with his lifelong partner, Fornaroli.  Throughout his career Ponti has juggled a number of different roles; architect, industrial designer, craftsman, professor, painter, editor and journalist. In addition to his prolific work as an architect, his designs have brought him further fame. We remember the  Pavoni coffee machine in 1949, the first in the world, but also various lamps and furnishing objects designed for producers of the caliber of Cassina, Artemide, and Venini.
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