Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina for Altamira, New York, a rare set of four dining chairs model AP 1676, circa 1953. These beautifully sculptural chairs have architectural walnut frames and are newly upholstered in a sumptuous light camel leather, with original Altamira label affixed to inside of upholstered seat on one of the chairs.
In Caracas, Ponti was given “freedom of invention” to accomplish one of his masterpieces: the Villa Planchart (1953–1957), a house conceived and designed as a large-scale sculpture and immersed in a tropical garden. This model chair is pictured in the living room of this home (last image) which exhibits Ponti’s deft use of light, color and geometry.
Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 205, 279
Lisa Licitra Ponti, Gio Ponti: The Complete Works 1923-1978, London, 1990, p. 170