Gio Ponti

Ponti’s sophisticated designs abridge many styles and genres, making him arguably the more influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism

Giovanni ‘Gio’ Ponti (1891-1979) is today regarded as one of twentieth century’s foremost tastemakers, working as an architect, industrial designer, artist, publisher, and furniture designer. His sophisticated designs abridge many styles and genres, making him arguably the more influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism.

Following military service, Ponti enrolled at the Politecnico di Milano University, graduating in 1921 with a degree in architecture. Around 1933, Ponti established Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Soncini with two engineers. Until 1945, the trio finished several high profile commissions, including the corporate offices of automobile giant Fiat and the School of Mathematics for La Sapienza, the University of Rome. Ponti’s dynamic style perfectly encapsulated the mood in post-War Italy too, and in 1950 the creative was commissioned to design 32-story high Pirelli tower.

UNIQUE SOFA

Designed for Casa
Ferruccio Asta, Milan

Together with a certificate
of authenticity from the
Gio Ponti Archives.

Stained walnut, fabric.

H 83 x W 237 x D 87 cm
H 32 x W 93 x D 34 in.

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