International Decorative Art

Leggera Chair (Model 646)

Leggera Chair (Model 646)

Design Date 1951

Designer Gio Ponti (1891–1979, Italian)

Manufacturer Cassina SpA (1927–present), Milan, Italy

Media ash wood with ebony finish with a cellophane rush seat

Dimensions 32 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches

Gio Ponti set out to design and manufacture a chair that was both light and lived up to the standards of the best Italian manufacturers. His first attempt to create a light weight chair is seen here in his Leggera Chair. A few years later in 1957 he achieved his nearly decade-long dream with the Superleggera Chair, a chair weighing just 3.10 pounds. The Leggera and Superleggera look very similar, but have a few subtle differences in the shape of the legs. The Superleggera has rounded triangles at the tops of the legs and the Leggera has rounded squares.

ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7

Markings Cassina label inside legs

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.1948