Important Desk for Fontana Arte
This desk is one of four examples produced by Dassi, Milan for each of the Fontana Arte offices in Torino, Genoa, Milan and Bari. Founded in 1931 as the artistic division of Luigi Fontana & Co. by the preeminent Italian architect Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte is responsible for creating some of the most important designs of the 20th century. Under Ponti’s visionary eye—and with the help of relief funds issued by the Marshall Plan for economic recovery—the company expanded in the postwar years and sought to refurbish their regional offices. The present design was selected for the managers’ offices (a smaller, similar desk was chosen for their secretaries) and this example comes from the personal collection of the director of the Torino (and later Genoa) Fontana Arte offices, Domenico Romagnoli. Thanks to recent scholarship by experts Laura Falconi and Salvatore Licitira, this magnificent desk joins the remarkable body of work that is the Gio Ponti oeuvre.