Meet Gio Ponti

A famous architect who designed buildings from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo to New York, a founder and editor of Domus, iconic architectural magazine founded in 1928, a University professor and more…I am talking about Gio Ponti (Milan 1891 – Milan 1979).
His native city, Milan, is now presenting two major retrospectives, one on his beautiful ceramics “Il fascino della ceramica” regarding his production for Richard-Ginori in the 1920’s. The exhibition is hosted in the same building designed by him, the tallest building in Milan “Grattacielo Pirelli” built between 1956 and 1960.

“A metaphor on the opening on the city’s horizon” as he said.

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Two pictures taken by me from the 31st floor of the Pirellone, the Milanese nickname for the building, where you can have a 360° view of Milan.
At La Triennale (design museum) another exhibition called “Espressioni di Gio Ponti” will show the 70 years of his creativity, from architecture to industrial design, from artisanal production to every aspect of his artistic talent.

Domus magazine

Two chairs, on the right the “Superleggera” a chair designed by Ponti for Cassina, year 1957.

A classic reference.

Year 1950, a chandelier designed for Venini

Almost metaphysical.


Cabinet designed by Gio Ponti and decorated by Piero Fornasetti.

Gio Ponti …a timeless talent, always with an eye to the past, and one to the future.

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Write by: A-Efendy - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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