Gio Ponti 1891 - 1979
Gio Ponti is an extraordinarily important figure in 20th century art & design.
A cultural catalyst who celebrated other designers’ work and defined the terms
of the design debate as an editor, writer and teacher. As a designer, Gio Ponti
worked for 120 companies. As an architect, he built in 13 countries. As a
magazine editor, he produced 560 issues and wrote at least one article for
each. As an academic, he lectured in 24 countries. He also found time to
dictate some 2,500 letters and draw 2,000 illustrated letters, as well as for
painting and poetry.
Ponti was a true polymath, his work was unusually eclectic, reflecting the
diverse, often conflicting, styles and ideologies with which he experimented
over the years. He was intensely curious, unusually open-minded and eager to
explore new ideas. He forged firm friendships with colleagues all over the
world, who often visited him at home in Milan or in his studio. Once a garage,
the studio was so huge that Ponti’s assistants literally rode up to their desks on
scooters. His friends still tell stories of his charm, and his kindness toward