Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer
The exhibition spans the career of the legendary Italian, featuring furniture pieces reissued by Molteni&C
From this October, Paris' Museé des Arts Décoratifs will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to Gio Ponti – covering his iconic career from 1921 to 1978.
Ponti, born in 1891 in Milan, graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1921 from the Politecnico di Milano University and went on to becoming known for revolutionising the architecture industry in the post-war period. Throughout his long career, he took a completely multidisciplinary approach, placing as much importance on craft techniques as he did in industrial production.
It's this vision that the Museé des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) hopes to explore. Set inside the museum’s main hall, numerous aspects of his work from architecture to industrial design, furniture to lighting, and from the creation of journals to his incursion into the fields of glassware, ceramics and silversmithing will be presented.
"While Gio Ponti’s work is admired today by enlightened design enthusiasts and highly coveted by collectors, it nevertheless remains little known in France. This exhibition is an opportunity to introduce the wider public to the creative world of this mythical character from the Italian design scene, whose generosity and passion stimulated his contemporaries and continues to inspire new generations of designers and architects" – Museé des Arts Décoratifs
Over 500 pieces, some of which have never left their place of origin, will be on show inside the exhibition throughout a design conceived by agency Wilmotte & Associés in collaboration with the graphic designer Italo Lupi.
Many of these pieces will be contributed by Molteni&C, which – since 2010 – has renewed its focus on the masters of architecture and design since 2010 with re-makes of Gio Ponti’s furniture.
Among them will be iconic items designed by Ponti, which are currently stored within the Molteni Museum Collection, as well as a range of re-issues created by Molteni&C and launched in 2012 at Salone del Mobile.
The company's re-edition project was initiated in order to bring the "vital research" conducted Ponti in over 50 years of work into the limelight – it gave rise to a collection of furniture that in some cases referred to models designed by Ponti as unique items or small series.
The collection, made in cooperation with the Gio Ponti Archives and with the art direction of Studio Cerri & Associati, includes furniture and accessories designed by Gio Ponti between 1935 and the 1970s, which today belong to the Molteni&C Heritage Collection that includes 14 items of furniture, in 21 variants.