Biography

Gio Ponti (b. 1891, Milan, Italy; d. 1979, Milan, Italy) was an Italian architect, designer, artist, and publisher. In 1921, he graduated from Politecnico di Milano, where he studied architecture. Ponti went on to international acclaim as he designed numerous buildings in Italy and abroad, most notably his Pirelli Tower (1956-58), in Milan, and the Denver Art Museum North Building (1971). His Superleggera chair (1957), designed for Cassina, is still in production today. Ponti also edited the well-known design publications Domus and Stile that helped bring industrial design and architecture to an international audience. Ponti’s long-term commitment to craftsmanship and eye for detail helped bring Italian design to global recognition.