Gio Ponti (1891-1979) was an architect, industrial designer, craftsman and design journalist. During the 20s and the 70s he was known by having captured the spirit of these particular times and he is celebrated for his sensual, Italian breed of modernism, as yet more of his iconic designs are repoduced – this time by Molteni&C.
The new collection of furniture designed by Gio Ponti and produced by Molteni&C is a celebration of la dolce vita, which was presented at the latest Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair: “The idea came two years ago when I saw a bookcase that Ponti once had in his house in Via Dezza at Paolo Rosselii’s house”, said Franceca Molteni, who oversaw the project.
As well as the bookcase, the Molteni collection includes a coffee table with geometric print top and Ponti’s signature tapered legs and a graphic carpet, both of which can be seen in historical photographs of Ponti’s house in Milan. Working from the basic of “drawings, the recollections of his heirs, and on the original pieces if they could be found.” Molteni has a number of other Ponti designs in the works and will not cap production to limited editions. “The idea was not to make a limited number of pieces for collectors but to bring Ponti’s furniture into today’s homes”, said Molteni.
“Love architecture, be it ancient or modern”, wrote Gio Ponti in the opening of Amate L’Architettura, his 1957 collection of essays. “Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms the enchants our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives.”
Please take a look a the next video where you will have a glimpse of Molteni&C participation at the Salone del Mobile 2012:
If you are planning to travel to Rome for the next days, I am pleased to invite you to the exhibition “Vivere alla Ponti” – Gio Ponti and Molteni&C, a re-edition project and an exhibition – that is taking place at the Frattali Showroom till the next 9th of June. It is an homage to the great Italian architect of ‘900 and to his domestic design, his obsession for detail and his still contemporary vision of modernity.
Mostra “Vivere alla Ponti”
May 25th – June 9th
via Aurelia 678, Roma
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