Timeless: celebrating 130 years of Gio Ponti

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We are proud to present the documentary “Vivere alla Ponti”, another visual tribute to the great designer, curated by Francesca Molteni and with the cooperation of the Gio Ponti Archives and Gio Ponti Heirs.

“Architecture is an interpretation of life.”

-Gio Ponti

2021 marks the 130th anniversary of Gio Ponti’s birth. For such occasion, we are proud to present the documentary AMARE GIO PONTI, a candid tribute to the great designer, curated by Francesca Molteni and with the cooperation of the Gio Ponti Archives and Gio Ponti Heirs.. The film will be available over the course of only four days in November, beginning on the 18th, Gio Ponti’s actual birthday.

AMARE GIO PONTI is built around historical material, provided by iconographic sources such as the Gio Ponti Archives and Teche RAI. It includes an interview with Gio Ponti in his studio in via Dezza, which gives us an account of his architectural designs and customized furniture, from Villa Planchart to Palazzo Montecatini, to the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan. Architectural projects in which the freedom of design reigned supreme, because Ponti relished designing absolutely everything, from the building itself to its furnishings and fittings.

This is the first documentary about the great maestro, with direct testimonies from his heirs - his children Lisa, Letizia, and Giulio, and his grandsons Salvatore Licitra, and Paolo Rosselli - as well as interviews with contemporary leading designers: Vittorio Gregotti, Fulvio Irace, Enzo Mari, Giovanna and Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Sandro Mendini, Nanda Vigo, and Bob Wilson.
The film also boasts an exclusive interview with the publisher Benedikt Taschen, a great Ponti fan and collector.

Gio Ponti

Giovanni “Gio” Ponti, (Milan, November 18, 1891 - Milan, September 16, 1979), is one of the 20th century’s masters of architecture. As well as the great architectural works which carry his unmistakable signature, he created a vast amount of work in the furniture sector. This is demonstrated in his three Milanese houses, which were fully furnished in the unique "Ponti" style.

A great promoter of the Italian industrial design, he championed the idea of serial production in interior furnishings as being a "sophisticated", quality, economic, "democratic", modern, and international solution.

1957 XI Triennale Milano © Gio Ponti Archives Archivio storico Eredi Gio Ponti 1957 XI Triennale Milano © Gio Ponti Archives Archivio storico Eredi Gio Ponti
1960 Alitalia Milano © Gio Ponti Archives Archivio storico Eredi Gio Ponti 1960 Alitalia Milano © Gio Ponti Archives Archivio storico Eredi Gio Ponti

“The majority of the objects in our lives
are created and characterised by industry.”

-Gio Ponti

In 2016, Molteni&C and the Ponti heirs agreed on expanding and consolidating the relationship of trust that binds them together by granting the exclusive worldwide production of its furniture to the company, albeit excluding items already produced by third parties at the date of such agreement. An international success, which confirmed the value of a rediscovered legacy and the vitality of the great master, which Molteni&C promoted not only with this documentary, but also with the travelling exhibition “Vivere alla Ponti” and the major exhibitions “Gio Ponti Archi Designer” at the MAD in Paris, and “Gio Ponti Amare l’Architettura” at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, curated by the Gio Ponti Archives.

2013 Vivere alla Ponti - SantaGiulia Museum

2013 Vivere alla Ponti - Vienne

2019 Ponti Archi-Designer - Musée Des Art Décoratifs, Paris

Gio Ponti Heritage Collection

The Gio Ponti collection, which Molteni&C dedicates to the great designer, was established in 2012 in partnership with the Gio Ponti Archives and the Ponti heirs, and under the artistic direction of Studio Cerri & Associati.

A tribute to a career spanning more than five decades, and an opportunity to engage with history and renew our focus on such a leading figure of Italian and international architecture.

The lengthy process of research, study, and selection, led to remakes of historic items created by the great designer
for private homes, special projects, or even small series.

While respecting the original designs, the new additions were, however, produced industrially, applying the latest technologies to bring them up to date, in line with Molteni&C’s total living concept and with contemporary living.

Discover the Heritage designs

The collection, to which new elements are added every year, includes furniture designed by Gio Ponti between 1935 and the 1970s, such as the D. 235.1/2 chair for the first Palazzo Montecatini in Milan, the D.154.2 armchair for Villa Planchart in Caracas, the D.555.2 small table produced in a limited series for Singer & Sons, and the folding chairs presented at Eurodomus 3, Turin/Milan.
A progressively numbered certificate of authenticity issued by the Gio Ponti Archives identifies each item produced.

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Molteni&C + Taschen Celebrate Gio Ponti Anniversary Together

For the 130th anniversary of Gio Ponti’s birth, we are very proud to announce a unique collaboration with Taschen, to celebrate the Italian architect’s achievements and prolific body of work.

Benedikt Taschen, the company’s ingenious founder and passionate art lover, has long been a fervent Gio Ponti enthusiast and collector.

The collaboration between the two companies comes in the form of the Taschen monograph Gio Ponti, and its special limited edition Gio Ponti. Art Edition. that includes a re-edition of the Planchart table manufactured by Molteni&C.

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