Gio Ponti, who died in 1979 at the age of 87, was also one of the most influential Italian architect and designer of the 20th century. Ponti designed everything – from coffee to cutlery, sewing machines to sofas, every piece stamped with his unique style of Italian modernism. As the founder and editor of Domus magazine and conjuror of lifestyle dreams, you might even say that he made Italian design. The Pirelli Tower designed by him still soars above his native Milan.
Summing up his varied career has always been tricky. As a designer, he worked for a hundred and twenty companies. As an architect, he built in thirteen countries. As a magazine editor, he produced five hundred and sixty issues and wrote at least one article for each one. As an academic, he lectured all over the world. He also found time to paint, write poetry, and in later life, mentor younger designers, including Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass, who were at the forefront of the 1970s post-modernist movement, which was emerging as an alternative to Ponti’s modernism.
Selected Design Works of Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti in Modern Homes