Gio Ponti is the godfather of modern Italian design and this Wednesday a complete interior he designed between 1949-50 comes up for auction at Christie’s in London.
Ponti’s work covered everything from universities, ocean liners and car bodies to China and couture. He even founded and ran the architectural magazine Domus.
The interior up for auction was commissioned by the Ceccato family, then owners of the Dulciora confectionery empire. Ponti designed a series of fitted walls and specially built burr-walnut furniture, some of which was decorated by his pupil and protege Piero Fornasetti. One of the most distinctive pieces being a modernist radiogram plastered with sheet music.
At an estimated £10,000-£15,000 the radiogram (pictured) will be out of the reach of most but you could bid on a small occassional table estimated at £1,500-£2,000 and get a piece of unique design history.
20th Century Decorative Art and Design at Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1, 23rd March.