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‘Archi-Designer' Gio Ponti Honored at Les Arts Décoratifs

Posted On: Oct 19, 2018   |   Posted By: WWD

GRAND DESIGN: After Christian Dior in 2017, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has chosen to celebrate the life and work of another inspirational designer, this time in the world of architecture and interior design.
Opening today and running until Feb. 10, “Tutto Ponti - Gio Ponti Archi-Designer” traces Italian architect, designer and decorator Giovanni “Gio” Ponti's multifaceted career.
Born in 1891, Ponti, whose most famous creation is Milan's Pirelli tower, is known for having dabbled in all sections of design, from silverware with Christofle to modernist furniture and even religious buildings.
Over his 57-year career, he designed more than 100 constructions in 13 countries - including the Borletti building as well as multiple “casa tipiche” in his native Milan - while also creating influential design magazine “Domus” in 1928.
“He was able to jump between designing a skyscraper and a teaspoon,” said Olivier Gabet, who curated the exhibition alongside Dominique Forest, Salvatore Licitra and Ponti's great-great...

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