Cono Handle – Gio Ponti

Inside the Flight D.154.5 installation curated by Ron Gilad for Molteni at the Super Salone, you will be able to see two original Cono handles. In the mid-1950s, the fruitful professional relationship between Ernesto Olivari and Gio Ponti led to the development of three models of handles: “Lama”, “Cono” and “Anello”.

The Cono handle was used for the Villa Planchart (1953-1957) in Caracas. Its profile plastically reproduces the diagram of the forces exerted on the handle and minimizes the use of the material; its main feature is that of having the shape of the rosette on which the handle rotates in continuity with that of the hub: an aesthetically unique body. Cono went into production in 1954 and appears in the Olivari catalog from 1960 to 1970.