Gio Ponti

Few names in Italian architecture are as well-known as Gio Ponti’s. Over the course of his 60-year career, he founded the design magazine Domus and worked on everything from ceramic vases to powerplants and skyscrapers.

Ponti built more than a hundred structures in Italy and abroad, including new churches, hotels, and swimming pools. However, Ponti’s magic shone brighter in interior design because it was here, in the house, where he could cast his spell the widest.

Ponti’s interiors were immersive environments in which everything was considered, from the building’s dramatic size to how the light fell on its floors, the curve of its door handles, and the cutlery in its drawers.

The architect’s grandson Salvatore Licitra and editor Karl Kolbitz collaborated on Taschen’s latest monumental tome, Gio Ponti, which documents the maestro’s career. It incorporates family portraits, prototype drawings, and archival photographs of his products, interiors, and structures.

Ponti’s designs were inspired by his childhood memories of 19th-century artisanal traditions and heritage, fusing emerging technology with craft and elegance. He realized that a building’s success began from the inside out.

The architect’s grandson Salvatore Licitra and editor Karl Kolbitz collaborated on Taschen’s latest monumental tome, Gio Ponti, which documents the maestro’s career. It incorporates family portraits, prototype drawings, and archival photographs of his products, interiors, and structures.

‘Gio Ponti’ by Salvatore Licitra and Karl Kolbitz is published by Taschen, priced at £200.

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