Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina

Padded Outdoor Chair LEGGERA, designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina

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The wood chair par excellence – one of the flagship pieces in the partnership between Gio Ponti, Cesare Cassina and the company’s joinery experts – adds a new outdoor version.

An icon that has evolved over time while staying true to the original design and principles of lightness and functionality that shaped its archetypal ethos, the Leggera moves outside in a version crafted with a cutting edge technique, used here for the first time. The wood version challenged the experience and skills of the Cassina joinery to pare the chair’s structure down to its essence. Similarly, the same lightness and purity of Leggera is expressed in a material suited to the outdoors: stainless steel. To accomplish this, Cassina borrowed from a Formula One automotive production process. Crucial in-depth research and development analyses led to the use of hydroforming, a construction technique found in the single-seater, to accurately replicate the original model of the chair, preserving its distinctive aesthetics and emblematic lightness. Unlike the traditional casting techniques, this intricate method expands the thin curved tubular steel from its interior outward to give the structure its shape. In a series of processes, each tube is inserted into a closed mould where, thanks to the pressure exerted by a liquid on the inside, it is pressed and moulded, filling out its shape. The individual components are then carefully welded together.

(Upholstery pictured: Blue/White Elba 13E476, Blue Filicudi Caraibi 13F048)

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Color: Beige, Blue

Materials: Fabric, Stainless Steel

Dimensions (cm): H 85 x W 45 x D 47

Dimensions (in): H 33.4 x W 17.7 x D 18.5

Weight: 4 Kg

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Gio Ponti: The Icon of Italian Design

Gio Ponti was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century and a key figure in the world of Italian design. In this article, we will briefly examine his extraordinary career and his impact on the design world.

An Industrial Designer, Architect and Publisher

Gio Ponti is known for his versatility in Italian design. He designed iconic furniture pieces like the lightweight "Superleggera" chair for Cassina and innovative interior spaces that redefined the concept of form and function. His influence also extends to architecture, with projects like the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan.  Gio Ponti also collaborated with FontanaArte, Molteni&C and Poltrona Frau, three of the most renowned Italian design companies. With FontanaArte, Ponti designed lighting fixtures that showcased his innovative use of glass and metal. He also worked with Poltrona Frau to create iconic furniture pieces like the DEZZA armchair and sofa. These collaborations further cemented Ponti's status as a leading figure in Italian design, and his work with these companies continues to be celebrated and sought after by design enthusiasts around the world.

Domus and the Spread of Italian Design

Ponti was the founder of the magazine "Domus" a significant platform for promoting Italian design worldwide. Through this magazine, he contributed to spreading innovative ideas and establishing Italian design as a reference point.

A Lasting Legacy

Gio Ponti's career was crowned with numerous awards and accolades, and his legacy continues to inspire generations of designers. His work represents a pivotal chapter in the history of Italian design and stands as a testament to boundless creativity.

Gio Ponti was an icon of Italian design, a versatile visionary whose impact is still evident in the contemporary design industry. His legacy endures, promoting innovation and excellence in Italian design.