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Gio Ponti (Milan - Italy, 1891-1979).
Gio Ponti designed furnishings and interior products from Sideboards, Tables and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928.
Ponti began his architectural career in partnership with Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia from 1923 through 1927, and then through 1933 with Lancia only
The design work Gio Ponti brought to Domus Nova is reflected in his work, as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre.
In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new, his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity.
In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work.
Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped “Distex” chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Columbo and others. a diamond sofa from his home was recently valued at 60 - 80,000 us dollars at Southbys His signature furniture piece, the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere is the sleek “Superleggera” chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957.