Gio Ponti (18 November 1891, Milan - 16 September, 1979, Milan) was one of the
most important Italian architects, industrial designers, artists, and publishers
of the twentieth century.

Gio Ponti graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1921 from the Politecnico
di Milano University. After graduating, he set up a practice together with the
architects Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia in Milan. Among other projects, Gio
Ponti in 1950 designed the Pirelli Tower for the famous Pirelli businessman. This
was the first skyscraper built in Milan. During his long professional life as
an architect, Gio Ponti went into various partnerships. In the early years of
his work, he teamed with Lancia (Studio Ponti e Lancia, PL: 1926-1933); then with
engineers Antonio Fornaroli and Eugenio Soncini (Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Soncini,
P.F.S.:1933-1945). In 1952 he went into partnership with the architect Alberto
Rosselli (Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Rosselli, P.F.R.: 1952-1976); after the death
of Rosselli he continued to work with his long time partner Antonio Fornaroli.

Gio Ponti's main works as an Industrial Designer can be classified as follows:

· Ceramic objects production: maiolica vases, porcelain, sanitaryware (like
sinks and toilets (e.g. those created for Richard Ginori and Ideal Standard)

· Chairs: among others, he worked for Cassina designing an angular armchair,
named "Distex", and the very famous 1957 "Superleggera" (Superlight)
chair, which was very strong but also so light that it could be lifted up by a
child using just one finger. Also very famous is the "Due Foglie" sofa.

· Glass bottles: he designed stylish, colourful glass bottles for various
companies such as Venini.

· Lamps: for companies such as Artemide, Fontana Arte, Venini, he created
two types of lamps: those provided with very shining, intense colours, and those
with a minimalist aesthetic, simple and essential. Among the latter, one of the
most famous is the "Billia" lamp, which looks modern today while it
was designed for Fontana Arte in 1931.