Paris exhibition celebrates Gio Ponti at the Decorative Arts Museum
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - August 24, 2018
With the exhibition “Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris celebrates one of the most influential Italian architects and designers of the 20th century.
A multifaceted personality – an architect and designer with an artistic background, and also a long-time director of Domus magazine – after World War Two, Ponti combines international-style design with a personal approach based on a maniacal attention to product quality.
Furniture, textiles, ceramics, coffee machines, and flatware are just some products Gio Ponti conceived as a designer. A designer particularly attentive to craftsmanship at a time in which making a product through a non-industrialized process was considered obsolete.
“Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” covers Ponti’s entire career, from 1921 to 1978, presenting his manifold work – from buildings to product design, from pieces of furniture to light fixtures, from his research in the design of glass objects, pottery, and jewelry.
Over 500 pieces, some of which have never been previously exhibited, are featured in a multidisciplinary voyage across architecture, design, and installations. The exhibition has been designed by architects Wilmotte & Associés in collaboration with graphic designer Italo Lupi.
above and cover: Gio Ponti, Superleggera 699, Cassina, 1957 © Archivio Gio Ponti.
Arguably the most famous furniture designed by Ponti, the Superleggera chair, summarizes his approach aimed to combine modernity with materials and influences inherited from the traditional “middle class” furniture. Based on one of the most appreciated examples of “vernacular” Italian furniture – the Chiavari chair of Ligurian craftsmanship tradition, the Superleggera has been produced for over sixty years.
Gio Ponti and Giulia Ponti, Via Dezza, 1957, © Archivio Gio Ponti. The Ponti House in Milan’s via Dezza was Gio Ponti’s home in his later years. Designed by Gio Ponti, Antonio Fornaroli, and Alberto Rosselli, this house encapsulates the architect’s vision of modern housing together with its architectural innovations.
Gio Ponti, Tableware for Franco Pozzi, 1967, © Marco Arosio.
TUTTO PONTI, GIO PONTI ARCHI-DESIGNER
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
October 19, 2018 – February 10, 2019