699 "Superleggera" chair designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1957 with frame in natural ashwood, white, red or black stained open pore ashwood with padded seat, fabric or leather upholstery.
Also available in the following versions:
- frame in natural ashwood or lacquer finish in the colour white or black with seat in India cane;
- frame in bicolour white/black lacquered ashwood with padded seat, upholstered exclusively in white or black leather.
This chair came to represent modernity in Italian design: with its new design standing as a model for Italy’s new industry. Superleggera was a “first” in terms of its design in that it stood for a moment of great transformation made possible by real collaboration between the designer and skilled manufacturers. The challenge was to reduce the triangular cross section to a bare minimum Ponti said: “ the more minimal the shape, the more expressive the shape becomes”.