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The Gio Ponti Story
A true renaissance man, Gio Ponti never limited himself to one field of design. Infusing his work with the neo-classical philosophy of embracing and renewing great Italian works of the past, the poet, painter, architect, ceramicist and professor (to name a few) established a clean and understated design aesthetic that transcends modern design trends while remaining relevant for the current day and age.
Why We Love Gio Ponti
Considered the leader of Italy's post-WWI design renaissance, Gio Ponti began his illustrious and prolific career in art and architecture at the Politecnico di Milano University. After serving in the military during WWI, Ponti graduated in 1921 and jumped right into several architectural partnerships that lasted from 1923-45. Greatly influenced by the Italian neo-classical movement, Ponti designed several iconic buildings, furnishings and ceramics as well as lamps for Artemide and FontanaArte with functionality, minimalism and traditional Italian works in mind. It was the Pirelli Tower, however, that gained him international recognition in 1956 and lead to commissions world-wide. Gio Ponti passed away in 1979.
Noteworthy Lighting by Gio Ponti
The FontanaArte Pirellina Table Lamp designed in 1967 and named for Ponti's famous Pirelli Tower, is a symbol of his successful architectural career. It remains an iconic lighting fixture for its smooth, elegant appearance and uncomplicated functionality.
In His Own Words
"Love architecture, be it ancient or modern. Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives."