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Masterclass with Gio Ponti, Photo: Luca Rotondo

Masterclass with Gio Ponti

Anyone who has ever been to Milan knows Gio Ponti. Opposite Milano Centrale, the main railway station, one of his masterpieces soars 127 m into the sky. The Pirelli Tower is still by far the most elegant skyscraper in the city. When the tire manufacturer moved into the office building in 1960, Giovanni Ponti, who went by his nickname Gio, was nearly 70 years old. The architect from Milan was already famous for his beautiful, idiosyncratic homes and marvelous interiors, for his refreshingly simple furniture, and timeless everyday objects that are still being produced.
Salvatore Licitra and Karl Kolbitz have now compiled Gio Ponti’s dazzling oeuvre in a comprehensive monograph published by Taschen. Weighing in at 5.7 kg, this XL-sized book is designed to be a magnificent addition to a very large coffee table. It features copious photos, fascinating archival plans and design sketches, and rounds off the project texts with essays by various authors. This 572-page volume is a tribute to one of the finest masters of the postwar era and is a welcome invitation to dive into his life’s work.

The new monograph on the complete works of Gio Ponti will be presented in Detail 12.2021.

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