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Triennale Armchairs by Gio Ponti for Isa Bergamo, Original Label

This rare and magnificent pair of chairs, also known as the “TRIENNALE”, were designed by the great designer Gio Ponti in 1951. The chairs have their original label from the ISA Bergamo manufacture and are the 1st edition. The chairs have been examined and checked. Their burnt orange corduroy fabric is original from the period, in its first patina. Indeed, we can notice slight discolorations in the fabric. Its sculptural and organic shapes give power to the seat and, through its almost suspended lines, give lightness to the structure. The wooden structure is in its first patina, indeed we can notice slight signs of time and its wear.

In designing the armchair model for ISA Bergamo, Gio Ponti deconstructed the traditional wingback chair form, giving the design greater lightness. The inventive structure of Ponti emphasizes the void, dissolving the mass of the padded chair to reveal a sculptural structure. The backrest, fixed by brass pins, and the seat appear suspended within the essential lines of the chair structure.
These chairs are a truly rare furnishing complement, they denote the great depth of Italian design, and are suitable for very important and elegant living rooms.
Domus, no. 280, March 1953, n.p.
Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni ’40 e ’50, Bari, 1992, p. 237
Salvatore Licitra, Gio Ponti, Cologne, 2021, p. 378

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