Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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.

©2011 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".

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mary said...

So much creativity encased in one person--and he is still current almost 70 years later. As always, thanks for a great post that makes my mind click. Mary

Dovecote Decor said...

My Father always said the Italians have the best taste because they have always been surrounded by beauty, right down to the patterns on the side walks and manhole covers. I might have to check out the dates of these shows. Its a perfect excuse for a beautiful trip. You should take some of us for a personal tour of Milan sometime. I would sign up immediately. I haven't been back for 11 years.

Theresa Cheek said...

Oh, stop it! I am so enjoying these photos! He was instrumental in the design and art world. I love the bowl.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

It's amazing how the design esthetics come through in newer pieces.

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Monica Reyes said...

What started as a magazine then developed into an Academy - Domus Academy- In 2001 I attended as a student. It was magnificent - Italo Rota, Fabio Novembre, Patricia Urquiola, the curators of the Olivetti collection. They all came and gave us lectures. It was so terrific !
Thanks for the great memories Albarosa, you are going just great !


Wanderlust said...

Thank you for sharing this my great Grandfather is Gio Ponti ! Best wishes Caterina Licitra Ponti

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