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Fri 21.1.

imm cologne 2011: Cassina reissues Gio Ponti’s classic ‘Superleggera’ chair (IT)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 21.01.2011 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Cassina's reissue of Gio Ponti's iconic 'Superleggera' chair brings with it an injection of colour

When you revisit a design classic, you tread lightly. Ironic then that Cassina’s reissue of design legend Gio Ponti’s iconic ‘Superleggera’ chair, first launched in 1957 and which, in itself, is all about lightness – both visual and literal (the clue is, after all, in the name) – should bring with it some rather bold modifications.

Felt upholstery, available in 450 colours, replaces the 'Superleggera' chair's original Indian-cane woven seat

Following Cassina’s reworking of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret’s ‘Grand Confort’ armchair and sofas, which saw the application of a number of new contrasting colour combinations to the furniture (drawn, in fact, from Corbu’s original colour palette), Ponti’s classic also receives the chromatic treatment.

Charge of the light brigade: Gio Ponti's classic 'Superleggera' chair, reissued by Cassina

Here, felt upholstery replaces the usual woven-cane seat, which is available in a generous 450 colour options. What’s more, the natural ash-wood frame is open-pore varnished in either black or white, meaning the grain of the wood is still legible. A leather seating-element option is also available.

Gio Ponti's 'Superleggera' chair gets the monochromatic treatment in Cassina's second reissue of the classic design

A second re-edition features a black-and-white lacquered frame, with either a white or graphite padded seat. This monochromatic take on the chair helps foreground the its slender, graphic form.


Lightness never had such a strong presence.

Promotional image of original 'Superleggera' chair, courtesy of the Gio Ponti Archives

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