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Giovanni Ponti (1891–1979), better known by his nickname Gio, was arguably the most important figure in 20th-century Italian architecture and design. He is best known for his imposing buildings (his Pirelli Tower looms over Milan); his sometimes practical, sometimes impractical furniture (including, in the former category, the lightweight Superleggera chair, produced by Cassina since 1957; […]

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Italian midcentury side chair after Gio Ponti with gold yellow and ivory cut velvet, circa 1950s. So many details, where to begin. The bentwood craftsmanship is exquisite. The wooden legs and seat back are meticulous: gentle leg curves morph into more dramatic seat back curves. Even the seat features a sexy curve. Woodwork was expertly refinished with a light gloss. Jim Thompson cut velvet in a geometric pattern reinforce the period but add a texture and color detail for pop. The gold yellow…

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Giovanni Ponti (1891–1979), better known by his nickname Gio, was arguably the most important figure in 20th-century Italian architecture and design. He is best known for his imposing buildings (his Pirelli Tower looms over Milan); his sometimes practical, sometimes impractical furniture (including, in the former category, the lightweight Superleggera chair, produced by Cassina since 1957; […]

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Gio Ponti The Complete Work 1923 - 1978 1st Edition Hard Cover Book This is the first complete survey and thematic profile of one of the most prolific and accomplished Italian architects and designers of the 20th century From the Richard - Ginori chinaware and the founding of Domus magazine in the 1920's & 1930's; to the Pirelli Tower erected in Milan in the 1950s To the "Facade" architecture of the 1970s Gio Ponti has been a major force in the shaping of twentieth-century Italian design The…

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Giovanni Ponti (1891–1979), better known by his nickname Gio, was arguably the most important figure in 20th-century Italian architecture and design. He is best known for his imposing buildings (his Pirelli Tower looms over Milan); his sometimes practical, sometimes impractical furniture (including, in the former category, the lightweight Superleggera chair, produced by Cassina since 1957; […]

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gio ponti retrospective entitled tutto ponti at the musée des arts décoratifs introduces the mythic italian figure to french and international audiences.

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Curator and art historian Brian Kish reveals the story behind one of Gio Ponti's greatest collaborative projects.

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