The FontanaArte Story
Architect Gio Ponti founded FontanaArte lighting in Milan in 1932 after serving as the artistic director of Luigi Fontana Company. The focus was on stained glass and its awe-inspiring presence in churches and cathedrals. In 1979, the contemporary lighting company is purchased by several private buyers and is revitalized to include well-known architects and glass artists.
The company builds steam throughout the '80s and '90s and has a strong presence in the United States in 2004 with their New York showroom.
Why We Love FontanaArte Lighting
FontanaArte lighting shows off new ways of using glass, forming sculptures of light that are just as impressive when unlit than when in use. Their European lighting fixtures translate to office and home, and their clean forms live long after the fads have faded.
Fun Facts About FontanaArte
Described as "Brutalist", "disconcerting" and "irregular", the original Denver Art Museum was designed by Gio Ponti in 1971 with various sized windows placed in seemingly random spots in the architecture.
Noteworthy Lighting by FontanaArte
The Fontana Table Lamp is an iconic mid-century modern piece made in 1954 by Max Ingrand. The Avico Suspension Lamp, designed by Charles Willliams, embodies the a familiar dome shape and is ideal anywhere it can be put on display, like the entryway, foyer or suspended over the dining table. Lastly, Chris Hardy's Wig Pendant is the epitome of fine Italian lighting and craftsmanship.