Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti: is there any kind of object that he didn’t design?

Gio Ponti is considered one of the masters of Italian architecture as well as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. In addition to creating important works of architecture, Gio Ponti designed numerous pieces of furniture using artisanal and contemporary production methods: like the 699 SUPERLEGGERA chair

Bio

Giovanni Ponti, known as Gio, was born in Milan on 18 November 1891. Ponti graduated from the Politecnico di Milano to become an architect in 1921. He is considered one of the masters of Italian architecture. He was also one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Throughout his long and prolific career, which lasted for more than six decades, Gio designed numerous furniture using artisanal and contemporary production methods, in addition to creating important works of architecture in Italy and abroad. Please click here to read more on Gio Ponti official website.

Style

Gio Ponti A function that will soon no longer be enough for him.Giovanni Ponti doesn’t just want to design the Italian house. He wants to put his knowledge to work for a “better life” and, above all, to create. From his will a lifestyle will be born . A post-war renewal for which he imagined furniture and everyday objects in a timeless classic style. Gio Ponti’s interest in all kinds of materials and techniques, as well as his deep taste for color and decoration, are the main reasons for his success. An approach that can be found today among many contemporary designers.  His creations are typical of the style of the 1950s with geometric, refined and modern shapes. He particularly favored the obelisk shape, which can be found, for example, at the end of the feet of its seats or in the plan of its buildings such as Milan’s Pirelli Tower.

GIo Ponti: the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan
Gio Ponti: the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan

Masterpieces

Model # 699 SUPERLEGGERA (or superlight) CHAIR: Ash and Indian cane, fabric or leather are the key materials used by Gio Ponti for this chair. Created in 1957, it was inspired by the traditional furniture of Chiavaria, the designer’s home village. The chair won him the Compasso Oro award in 1957.

Gio Ponti: 699 Superleggera chair
Gio Ponti: 699 Superleggera chair

 

BILIA Mini Table Lamp combines two fundamental shapes to create a bold and playful display of light in a small package. An iconic design from Gio Ponti and manufactured by FontanaArte, this fixture presents a milky white, orb-shaped shade balancing atop a metal cone base. Its frosted blown glass shade is handcrafted in Italy and designed to elegantly diffuse the light from inside, creating a delicate illumination as it brings life to a tabletop. SEE HERE FOR LATEST PRICING

SMALL TABLE LAMP WITH A GLOBE LIKE LAMP
Gio Ponti: Bilia Mini Table Lamp by FontanaArte