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Gio Ponti The Complete Work 1923 - 1978 1st Edition Hard Cover Book



Gio Ponti The Complete Work 1923 - 1978 1st Edition Hard Cover Book This is the first complete survey and thematic profile of one of the most prolific and accomplished Italian architects and designers of the 20th century From the Richard - Ginori chinaware and the founding of Domus magazine in the 1920's & 1930's; to the Pirelli Tower erected in Milan in the 1950s To the "Facade" architecture of the 1970s Gio Ponti has been a major force in the shaping of twentieth-century Italian design The "Complete Work" presents a fully illustrated decade-by-decade account of Ponti's vast output in interior and industrial design, decorative arts and architecture It describes his powerful influence on generations of Italian design, his contributions to Italy's urban culture and his roles as a propagandist and editor Gio Ponti was not only an architect but a poet, painter, polemicist and designer of exhibitions, theater costumes, Venini glasssware, tableware, furniture and lighting. He is perhaps best known as the architect of Milan's Pirelli Tower and His "Super-leggera chair from the 1950's Above all, Ponti was responsible for the renewal of Italian Architecture and decorative arts


  • Designer
    Gio Ponti
  • Brand
    Gio Ponti
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Width: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    c 1990 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    The 1st Edition hard cover book: Gio Ponti The Complete Works 1923-1978 authored by his daughter Lisa Licitra Ponti is 288 pages of text and 630 images. Paired with the orginal dust cover jacket
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU7366200162

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About Gio Ponti (Manufacturer)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Giò Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism. Ponti designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps 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 brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.


The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus 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 Colombo and others.

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. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their Architetturra series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

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