The word “prolific” seems to fall short when describing the enormous work that the architect and father of Italian design Gio Ponti carried out during his lifetime (1891-1979). He was a tremendously curious man who never gave up, and who found in his training as an architect the best path to safely explore other fields, such as product design, furniture production, interior design, and architecture for both public and private buildings. His work, extensive in all these disciplines, cannot help but be called eclectic, given the varied and multidisciplinary nature of his production.

Cover from the book by Gio Ponti, by Taschen, and interior of Villa Planchas in Caracas, Venezuela.

From 19 October 2018 until 5 May 2019, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris is presenting his first major retrospective in France. Visitors will be able to discover more than 500 projects created by the designer, some of which come from his personal archives and have never been exhibited before. Titled “Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer”, the exhibition takes a look at his production between the years 1921 and 1978. Together with his best-known pieces among the general public, such as his furniture designs, there are also plans, projects, models and piece of silverwork created in ceramic and glass.

Images groupe and details of the huge work of the Italian architect and designer.

The setting of the exhibition is the work of the agency Wilmotte & Associés, in collaboration with Italian graphic artist Lupi. This is, without a doubt, a great opportunity to bring the work and personal universe of this magician to the public at large. Work that today still serves as inspiration for new generations of creators.

Tables, chairs, coffee makers …. Ponti’s creative world encompassed all kinds of disciplines.

Photos: Luca Massari, Ponti archives, Wrigh Auction, DR, Molteni, Taschen.

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