International Decorative Art

Superleggera Chair (Model 699)

Superleggera Chair (Model 699)

Design Date 1957

Designer Gio Ponti (1891–1979, Italian)

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

Media ash wood with ebony finish with a seat of woven cane

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. He achieved his nearly decade-long dream in 1957 with the Superleggera Chair, a chair weighing just 3.10 pounds. The Superleggera (“beyond light”) has a solid ash wood frame joined with dowel joints and four legs that taper downwards with a maximum diameter of about ¾ inches. The frame was mass-produced in the Cassina factory, but the seat was hand-woven by female chair weavers living in the Chiavari hinterlands, combining industrial production with local artisans to complete the masterpiece.

ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7

Markings Cassina label inside legs

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.1948