Crystal Lindsay

Gio Ponti at the Design Museum

Perhaps the Italians are uniquely undaunted by ambition but Gio Pontiâs output over six decades encompassed every facet of art, interiors and architecture and was a major force in establishing Italy at the forefront of 20th-century industrial design.

Essentially an architect, he also promoted others: his own highly influential journals ‘Domus' and ‘Stele' were a window on to the world's latest, most vibrant visual ideas and bore witness to his own incessant growth and reinvention. Whatever the building material it was the art which made it durable and timeless, leading Ponti to declare that “the past does not exist because I consider everything in our culture to be simultaneous”.

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