Chair Superleggera – 1955

One of the true masterpieces of Gio Ponti, is a symbol of perfection and balance between solidity and lightness
Continuously produced by Cassina since 1957, it is the result of the search for Gio Ponti and the ability to experiment and processing of Cassina and its craftsmen who invented the knurled tenon joint , obtained directly from the solid of the seat frame to achieve a set very solid in spite of very thin sections. A masterpiece whose exemplary lies in the correspondence between form and content, a spokesman for a new expression of the modern.

By creating Superleggera, said Gio PontiI followed the never-ending process of the technique, which goes from heavy to light: removing – see the triangular section of the leg – and weight of inert matter, identifying – limit – the shape of the structure , wisely and without virtuosity, that is, at the same time respecting the – usefulness and – solidity exact . The triangular section thinning, visually shape and expressive: here we are in the field of aesthetics. In addition to the version in natural ash or lacquered in white or black and with a seat in the chamber of India, there are two versions in which the upholstered seat.

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Superleggera, 1955
Superleggera, 1955

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When was produced Superleggera?

1955

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What made Superleggera special?

He then designed the “Leggera” for Cassina in 1951, which reduced the structure of the Chiavari chair to only what was absolutely necessary. It was very similar to the “Superleggera,” but with rods for legs and struts in the backrest. Although the model met with great success among consumers, Ponti strove for even greater perfection and designed the “Superleggera” for Cassina in 1957, using light, stable ash wood and a seat that was either upholstered or covered with a weave of cane or colored cellophane. Ponti reduced the round cuts of wood to a triangular cross section with edges only 18 mm long, and devised an ingenious system of slot-in connectors in which the individual struts are inserted firmly inside one another: the result is a stable chair weighing a mere 1.7 kilo.

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Which was it dimension?

410x450x460/830h mm

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How was made?

The Super Leggera (699) Chair is composed of an ashwood frame which can be ordered in it’s natural finish or lacquered black or white. The seat is always finished in natural India cane.

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