Gio Ponti


Giovanni “Gio” Ponti (November, 1891 – September, 1979), usually called Giò Ponti, was one of the most important Italian architects, industrial designers, furniture designers, artists, and publishers of the twentieth century. He is associated with the development of modern architecture and modern industrial design in Italy.
Ponti graduated in 1921 from the Milan Polytechnic. From 1923 to 1938 he did industrial design for the Richard-Ginori pottery factory. In 1928 he started Domus, an architecture and design magazine that would allow him to express his ideas regarding the artistic movement, Novecento, and also to show-case the best of Italian design.  Ponti is famous for having been a major part of the Novecento, a counter-movement to Rationalismo.
In 1923 Ponti made his public debut at the first Biennial Exhibition of the Decorative Arts in Monza, which was followed by his involvement in organizing the subsequent Triennial Exhibitions of Monza and Milan. In 1934 he was given the title of “Commander” of the Royal Order of Vasa in Stockholm. He also obtained the Accademia d’Italia Art Prize for his artistic merits, as well as a gold medal from the Paris Académie d’Architecture. Finally, he obtained an honorary Doctorate from the London Royal College of Art.
Gio Ponti died in 1979, in his home, on Via Nezza in Milan. His pieces remain in high demand today by collectors and others interested in the some of the best design of the 20th century.

additional Gio Ponti biography by Encyclopedia Britannica