In 1958 Giovanni (aka Gio) Ponti was enlisted to design the auditorium for the Time & Life Building in Avenue of the Americas, New York. The building housed the headquarters of Time Inc., publisher of influential, historical magazines such as Time, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated – the cream of American publishing. This was Ponti’s most prestigious project in New York. Ponti designed the entire auditorium, including the interior and the furnishings.

The D.859.1 Gio Ponti dining table, designed primarily as a meeting table for up to ten people, has an impressive size of over 3,60-metres long and a refined design. The legs are notable for their fine membered modernity, creating a trapezoidal single-span bridge upon which the large tapered top conveys the idea of aerodynamics. Originally made of solid ash with bronze ferrules, it is now also available in a darker-toned wood such as black stained ash. In addition to its original dimensions, the D.859.1 is available in two smaller versions that faithfully reproduce the harmony and proportions of the original design.



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