Skip to main content

Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Best known for its elegant and innovative vintage lighting fixtures, the Milan-based firm Fontana Arte pioneered one of the key features of 20th-century and contemporary Italian design: the union of artistry and industry wrought by partnerships between creative talents — chiefly architects — and entrepreneurial businesses. Fontana Arte is further distinguished by having had as artistic director, in succession, four of Italy’s most inventive modernist designers: Gio Ponti, Pietro Chiesa, French transplant Max Ingrand and Gae Aulenti.

The bread and butter of the glassmaking company that Luigi Fontana founded in 1881 was plate-glass panels for the construction industry. In 1930, Fontana met Ponti — then the artistic director of the Richard Ginori ceramics workshop and the editor of the influential magazine Domus — at a biannual design exhibition that became the precursor to today’s Milan Design Triennale, and the two hatched an idea for a furniture and housewares firm. Fontana Arte was incorporated in 1932 with Ponti as its chief of design. He contributed several lamps that remain among the company’s signature works, including the orb-atop-cone Bilia table lamp and the 0024 pendant — a stratified hanging sphere.

The following year, Fontana Arte partnered with the influential Milan studio glassmaker and retailer Pietro Chiesa, who took over as artistic director. Chiesa’s designs for lighting — as well as for tables and items including vases and ashtrays — express an appreciation for fluidity and simplicity of line, as seen in works such as his flute-shaped Luminator floor lamp and the 1932 Fontana table — an arched sheet of glass that is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Six years after Chiesa’s 1948 death, the École des Beaux Arts–trained Max Ingrand took over as head of design at Fontana Arte. Ingrand brought a similarly expressive formal sensibility to wares such as lamps and mirrors, but he also had a masterful eye for the manipulation of glass surfaces — whether they be cut, frosted, acid-etched or sand-blasted. His classic design is the Fontana table lamp of 1954, which has a truncated cone shade and curved body, both of which are made of pure, chic white-frosted glass.

Following Ingrand, the often-audacious Italian architect Gae Aulenti served as the company’s artistic director from 1979 to 1996, and while she generally insisted that furnishings take second place aesthetically to architecture, she made an exception for Fontana Arte pieces such as the Tavolo con Ruote series of glass coffee and dining tables on wheels, bold lighting pieces such as the Parola series and the Giova, a combination flower vase and table lamp. As a key incubator of modern design under Aulenti’s tenure, Fontana Arte remained true to its long-held commitment — creating objects that have never been less than daring.

Find vintage Fontana Arte lighting fixtures such as pendants, table lamps and more on 1stDibs.

3
to
1
2
1
3
3
3
3
3
1
2
1
2
Height
to
Width
to
3
3
3
1
3
3
533
428
185
165
162
Creator: Fontana Arte
Fontana Arte Brass and Glass Fireplace Set, 1970s Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant mid-century modern fireplace tool set by Fontana Arte, circa 1970’s. Set includes shovel, poker and broom. Original brass bristles on broom. The set is executed in brass, wit...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Fontana Arte, Modernist Curved Blue Glass and Brass Fire Place Screen, Italy
By Fontana Arte
Located in Marcq-en-Barœul, Hauts-de-France
This very nice curved fire place screen is made of a brass base and a blue curved glass screen. This is a work by famous Italian Designer Fontana Arte, circa 1970.
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Max Ingrand Blue Glass and Brass Door Handle for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950s
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in Milan, IT
Max Ingrand door handle for Fontana Arte, Italy, 1950s. Can be used as one handle or as 2 separated handles.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Related Items
Modernist Custom-Made Fire Screen in Brushed Brass with Iron Mesh Grill
Located in New York, NY
This stunning modernist fire screen was custom made by artisans in New York State. It features an austere square body in brushed brass, with rectangular feet in the same material and...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Wonderful Mid-Century Modern Polished Brass Fireplace Fire Place Tool Set
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful Mid-Century Modern four piece polished brass fire place tool set consists of a stoker, shovel, brush and log holder, neatly suspended from a polished brass "T" frame. This ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Fireplace Iron Tools on Brass Accented Stand, France, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
France, 1970s A set of four iron fireplace tools mounted on iron frame with polished brass geometric mounts Measures: 23 H x 6.5 D x 8 W.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Iron

Mid 19th Century Curved Iron & Brass Fireplace Screen
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous curved iron with brass accents fireplace screen. C 1880 hand made with spoke like ribs and a decorative swag below the brass trim. In excellent vi...
Category

1850s American Colonial Revival Antique Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Iron

Rich Brass Italian Door Pull Handle & Plate Midcentury ITALY 1950s Gio Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Midcentury Modern Italian Door Plate & Pull Handle in Rich Brass ITALY 1950s Note seven units (7) are available. All are sold individually. In the style of Gio Ponti 8 tall x 1.25 W ...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Custom Modernist Polished Brass & Tempered Glass Fire Screen by High Style Deco
Located in New York, NY
This custom modernist fire screen was custom made by artisans in New York State exclusively for High Style Deco. It features a frameless pane of ½" thick tempered glass mounted on a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Nickel

Pair of Mid-Century Italian Solid Brass Handles, 1950s
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of midcentury Italian solid crass handles, 1950s.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Glass and Brass Fireplace Screen
Located in Antwerp, BE
An incredible fire screen of functional art made of green edge glass with brass hinges and feet, circa 1900-1930. The fire grate is not included in the price.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Hollywood Regency Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Glass and Brass Fireplace Screen
Glass and Brass Fireplace Screen
H 23.23 in W 38.98 in D 3.94 in
Italian Gilt Brass Pierced Folding Peacock Fan Fireplace Screen or Fire Screen
Located in Carimate, Como
Italian gilt brass decorative pierced in a peacock fan design folding fire place fan screen with a foliage and berry handle, intertwined scrolled floral s...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Custom Modern Fire Screen in Polished Nickel and Tempered Glass
Located in New York, NY
This custom fire screen features a frameless pane of ½" thick tempered glass mounted on a pair of polished nickel feet. This design is customizable,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Nickel

Set of American Brass and Polished Steel Fire Place Tools on Stand, 19th Century
Located in Hollywood, SC
Set of American brass urn ringed finial and polished steel fire place tools on stand. Set consist of tong, poker, shovel, and brush. 19th century.
Category

19th Century American American Empire Antique Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass, Steel

Antique Italian Gilt Brass Fireplace Screen or Fire Screen
Located in Carimate, Como
Italian gilt brass foldable fireplace screen or fire screen.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Brass

Previously Available Items
Large Glass Door Handle, Italy, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in New York, NY
Large 1960s door handle possibly made by Fontana Arte or crystal Arte. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear and marks consistent with ...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Glass

Fontana Arte Mid-Century Modern Bathroom Set with Mirror and Lights, 1960s
By Fontana Arte
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Bathroom set, complete with mirror and lighting, in blue and transparent glass, produced by Fontana Arte in the 1960s, The glass has a thickness of 10 mm The set consists of: - a mirror: 68 x 68 cm - two wall lights: 32 x 9 x 16 cm - a chandelier: 32 x 26 cm - a large shelf: 60 x 13 cm - a medium soap shelf: 33 x 13 cm - two small soap shelves: 14 x 14, cm - a glass holder ring (with glass): 14 x 14 x 10 cm - a towel ring: 25 x 25 x 8 cm - a towel rack: 44 x 5 x 7 cm - a clothes hanger: 10 x 10 x 7.5 cm - toilet paper holder: 14 x 15 x 14 cm - a toilet brush...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Chrome

Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte Ten Piece Bath Accessories Set
By Max Ingrand, Fontana Arte
Located in Hanover, MA
1960s Fontana Art bathroom set designed by Max Ingrand consisting of ten pieces of St. Gobain glass with chrome fittings: loo roll dispenser, a pair of opaline glass candle wall sconces, cup holder, three single soap dishes, a double soap dish, cup holder, towel bar, hand towel bar...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Chrome

Fontana Arte Fire Tools Set Chrome and Glass, circa 1970s
By Fontana Arte
Located in St. Louis, MO
Fontana Arte fire tools set chrome and glass, circa 1970s. Chrome has been polished and replated. Fireplace brush is made of brass. Excellent condition.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Chrome

Fontana Arte Brass on Glass Fire Tools
By Fontana Arte
Located in Ferndale, MI
Fontana Arte brass on glass fire tools.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Fontana Arte Brass on Glass Fire Tools
Fontana Arte Brass on Glass Fire Tools
H 32 in W 9.5 in D 7.75 in
Pair of Door Handles by Fontana Arte
By Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
A pair of amazing 1960s door handles designed by Max Ingrand and manufactured by Fontana Arte.
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Fontana Arte Building and Garden Elements

Materials

Crystal, Brass

Fontana Arte building and garden elements for sale on 1stDibs.

Fontana Arte building and garden elements are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fontana Arte building and garden elements, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original building and garden elements by Fontana Arte were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider building and garden elements by Poltronova, Dimensione Fuoco, and Mario Papperzini. Prices for Fontana Arte building and garden elements can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,642 and can go as high as $6,469, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,600.

Recently Viewed

View All