The Distex model is the first in a series of armchairs designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina. What is immediately striking is the faceted side view of the seat and especially its lengthened lines, which express “the wish to break away from the kind of bourgeois seating position that was so widespread . . . in the early ’50s, and encourage people to take on a more lounge-like pose” (Marc Romanelli, Domus, November 2008). The Distex also breaks with the traditional idea of placing chairs against the wall and is a proposal for free positioning in an open domestic space, as indeed it was shown at the Alloggio Uniambientale display of the 1954 Triennale, and at the Alitalia Airline ticket office on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The name Ponti gave the chair is based on the verb “distendere,” meaning “to stretch out,” while the “x” represents a promise for the future. The combination of fabrics and plastic upholstery—the boldest and most extravagant colors and prints—make this armchair one of the most innovative models of its time.