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Ciao, Again

An Italian seating classic returns.

 

It’s no secret Italians do it better—including when it comes to furniture. That’s why Molteni&C, known for handcrafted pieces and groundbreaking design, has brought back a favorite armchair by late Italian architect Gio Ponti. First released in 1956, the D.156.3 armchair is more than just midcentury-modern hip; it’s downright sexy (and ergonomic!) thanks to crisscrossing elastic straps on its back that come in either black or olive. The comfy quilted cushions are available in rust, taupe, and other shades of fabric and leather from Molteni&C, and the striking frames are solid American walnut or black semimatte lacquered maple. Assembled and sandpapered by hand in Italy, the chairs are part of an exclusive partnership between Ponti’s family and Molteni&C. “We’re honored to reintroduce design heritage to fit today’s contemporary lifestyle,” says Jan Vingerhoets, Molteni&C’s North American CEO. “The armchair captures Ponti’s unmistakable eye for architectural forms and proves that the Italian master’s ideas are truly timeless.” From $5,310, Urbanspace Interiors, 801 W. Fifth St., Ste. 100, Austin; Smink, 1019 Dragon St., Dallas; BeDesign, 2016 W. Alabama St., Houston