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.
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.
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.
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.