Sotheby’s: Gio Ponti Conference Table

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LOT 379

GIO PONTI
AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE CONFERENCE TABLE FROM THE EIGHTH FLOOR AUDITORIUM, TIME-LIFE BUILDING, NEW YORK

produced by M. Singer and Sons, New York

1959
painted wood and brass
70,000—90,000
USD

CATALOGUE NOTE

This lot is being sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Gio Ponti archives. Sotheby’s would like to thank Brian Kish for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

Gio Ponti was no stranger to New York, and the great Italian architect completed several commissions there. Following his 1955 interior of the Alitalia ticket offices in the Tishman Building, 666 Fifth Avenue, Ponti was retained in 1959 to construct a state-of-the-art conference center on the 8th floor of the Time-Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, designed by Wallace Harrison. A breathless critic in Architectural Forum raved “The many-angled Italian cabinetwork, in blond wood, is beyond the capacity of American mechanical civilization.” In fact, the furniture used throughout the space was made by the New York-based Singer and Sons, who had been producing work by Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Ico Parisi and others since 1951. However, the more complex biomorphic forms by Singer were made for them in Italy, and the present table is probably one of these pieces. Ponti’s auditorium was gutted and renovated in 1981.

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