The Ghò armchair, a classic from the future.

October 3, 2020

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Thanks to our experience in making products lighter and lighter, with all the tenderness, love and patience of the world, here it is … It is called Ghò, an armchair hitherto unpublished, which in these days turns seventy years.

Once upon a time there was Gigi Ghò, who in 1944 started his profession of architect in the studio of Gio Ponti.
Thew worked together a lot, but more importantly they became good friends.
In that post-war renaissance, Gigi Ghò was a supporter of the Movement for Concrete Art, a sort of workshop of the time, where creative and interactive minds like Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti, met.

Probably from one of these meetings, while Gio Ponti was designing the Super Leggera, Ghò designed his armchair, which remained a prototype for 70 years until now.
Plinio il Giovane, who loves challenges, has made, entirely by hand, 20 unique pieces with the same systems with which that prototype was built 70 years ago.

The construction technique of these armchairs, has a predecessor…

He was Giuseppe Descalzi, the son of a bell ringer. As an expert carpenter he challenged fate by creating the lightest and most resistant chair ever made, the timeless Chiavarina still in production.

That particular lightness was obtained by minimizing the structural sections of the wood, sizing them according to the stresses to which a chair was subjected, binding them with very innovative joints at the time, which guaranteed extraordinary strength.