Designed by Giovanni “Gio” Ponti and originally produced for Altamira — an American company founded by the nephew of the Spaniard De Cuevas — Molteni&C’s recently relaunched D.156.3 armchairt was displayed in the company’s showroom in New York, along with furniture by Ico Parisi, Franco Albini, Carlo De Carli, Ignazio Gardella and others, chosen from among the most representative exhibitors at the 10th Milan Triennale.
Gio Ponti’s 1956 chair, revived by Molteni&C
The fall 2017 reissue of D.156.3, exclusively remade by Molteni&C, has a solid American walnut or black semi-matte lacquered frame. It is assembled and finished with care by hand in Italy. The particular ergonomic backrest consists of criss-crossed elastic straps which support the soft, quilted and edged cushion. Upholstery is available in select fabrics and leathers, with customization on request.
Since 2012, Molteni&C has managed an exclusive reissuing project of furnishings designed by Gio Ponti. And each year, the leading Italian furnishings company continues adding to the collection, collaborating with the Ponti heirs to reintroduce signature pieces for contemporary living.
In a career spanning more than fifty years, architect Gio Ponti (Milan, 1891-1979) founded “Domus” magazine, lectured at Milan’s Politecnico University, painted and designed everything from buildings to interiors, furniture to objects for his homes. Other than the great architectural works which carry his unmistakable signature, he created a vast amount of work in the furniture sector. This is demonstrated in his three Milanese houses which were fully furnished in the “Ponti” style. The houses in via Randaccio, 1925, Casa Laporte in via Brin, 1926 and the last in via Dezza, in 1957 is an “expression” of his home design ideas.
A tribute to one of the most complex architects of the 20th century and an opportunity to exchange views with history, the revived designs — which without Molteni&C’s intervention could have been lost — now uphold a legacy that belongs to Italy’s cultural heritage.