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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gio Ponti

Giovanni (Gio) Ponti (1891-1979) was an Italian designer, architect and journalist. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. After completing his studies in 1921, he worked for two years as an architect and then took a position as artistic director of a ceramics factory.

During the course of his career, he also designed glassware, lighting, furniture and housewares. He was a professor or architecture and wrote a number of books on art, design and architecture.

In 1928 Ponti founded the design and architecture magazine Domus and remained its editor for many years. In 1933 he was a co-founder of the important Milan Triennale. The Pirelli Building is considered his architectural masterpiece, along with the Denver Art Museum. His best known designs are the Superleggera chair (1957) for Cassina, the glass and lighting he created for Venini (1946-1950) and the coffee machine he designed for La Pavoni (1948).


La Pavoni coffee machine

Superleggera chair for Cassina

Venini glass

Venini glass


Distex lounge chair

Cane bench

White leather armchairs

Display case

Executive desk
Rocking chair



  1. Gio is the favorite son here, everything is so in his STYLE. one of the magazines i bought is more like a BOOK about Gio Ponti, i will be scanning it when i get home for everyone to see. some of his stuff is so right-on, some of it is out of control. :)

  2. I have never given much thought to the designers of the tables and chairs, etc. Have seen those deep chairs with the short backs and always wondered how practical they were. Fun to learn more!

  3. That display case is incredible!

  4. I love the display case and the light fixture.