When the SS Andrea Doria ocean liner took to the seas for its maiden voyage in 1953, it featured a sun deck filled with custom chaises longues designed by Gio Ponti. The seats are a perfect reflection of the Italian architect’s knack for angular geometry, with a side profile defined by a twisting line of solid teak. Another handsome touch: two rounded notches that help to shelter the headrest from stray ocean breezes.
While the Andrea Doria suffered a tragic collision and sank in 1956, it is still regarded as one of the most beautiful ships to cross the Atlantic. Now, almost 70 years later, Ponti’s design has risen from the heart of the ocean, revived as part of Molteni&C’s inaugural outdoor collection. Reintroduced this March as the D150.5, the chaise longue joins another heritage Ponti design (the D154.2 chair, newly available in outdoor-friendly polyurethane with a water repellent cushion), as well as many California- and Mediterranean-inspired introductions by Molteni&C creative director Vincent Van Duysen.
Just in time for spring, the launch brings an invigorating mix of fresh blooms and perennial classics — as perfect for use on shore as on (carefully steered) yachts.
The Italian manufacturer’s first outdoor collection revives a chaise longue from a famous ocean liner