Gio Ponti Famous First Edition: First Printing of 4000 Numbered Copies (1001-5000)
Famous First Edition: First printing of 5,000 numbered copies (No. 1,001–5,000)
Experience the boundless vision of one of the greatest architects, designers, and art directors of the 20th century. Shaped in close collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives and its founder Salvatore Licitra, Gio Ponti is an immersive book scaled to his kaleidoscopic universe, featuring texts by Lisa Licitra Ponti and an extensive biographical essay by Stefano Casciani. An unprecedented tribute to Ponti’s achievements as ingenious publisher as well as timeless creator, the images and texts of this compelling XL rendition draw its reader closer to his work than ever before.
Also available as Art Edition (No. 1–1,000) including an exclusive, square format reproduction of the Arlecchino coffee table and a set of four numbered ocean liner interior prints (see separate product entry)
To study Gio Ponti’s prolific body of work is to appreciate the clear, unifying vision behind a complex creative universe. A synthesis of the arts, his creations expand intuitively with the Italian grandeur and studied lightness that defined his iconic style. Ponti’s rare capacity to move seamlessly between scales allowed him to approach the design of a teaspoon with the same conviction as he did an entire city. He was as much an architect and designer as he was a publisher, poet, and man. A treasure in its own regard, his contribution is also a distinctive landmark of Italy’s mid-century Renaissance and the modernist values it sought to realise.
This new book is the most comprehensive account of Ponti’s work to date, unprecedented in scale and scope. It tracks the development of his oeuvre over 6 decades, with 136 projects indexed and reproduced in high resolution, each object framed by the context in which Ponti had created it. Like windows onto his elusive life, unpublished materials and candid imagery create new dialogues between his famous masterpieces and his lesser-known feats. A rich layer of texts, featuring an extensive biographical essay by Stefano Casciani, was produced in close collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives offering an intimate insight on his life’s work. Materialising Ponti’s core philosophy of modernity, this book presents architecture as a performing object, a "self-illuminating" stage for his humanistic art de vivre and boundless creativity.
Photographer, artist, and curator Salvatore Licitra created the “Gio Ponti Archives” in the studio of his grandfather Gio Ponti in 1996. Notable curated exhibitions are Gio Ponti Archi-Designer at the Museè des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, in 2018, and Gio Ponti: Loving Architecture at the MAXXI in Rome, in 2019.
Stefano Casciani is an Italian writer and designer. The innovative inspiration of his own work has been recognized with awards such as the Compasso d’Oro 2001. Managing Editor of Domus from 2000 to 2011, he has been Editor and Publisher of disegno magazine since 2012.
Widely known as a poet and artist, Lisa Licitra Ponti (1922–2019) flanked her father Gio Ponti at Domus, becoming Managing Editor until 1979, while also contributing to Stile. In 1990, she edited the important monograph: Gio Ponti. The Complete Work, 1923–1978.
Brian Kish is a 20th-century Italian architecture and design historian, with a focus on BBPR, Caccia Dominioni, Gardella, and Ponti. He curated, in 2001, the first US exhibition on Gio Ponti and wrote for both Entryways of Milan and Gio Ponti Archi- Designer (M.A.D. Paris).
Fabio Marino is an architectural historian and researcher at the Polytechnic of Milan. He investigates contemporary architecture and its connection to Italian Design of the 1950s and 1960s. He has coauthored various books on Italian Design.
Based in Berlin, freelance editor and art director Karl Kolbitz worked with Mario Testino and Wolfgang Tillmans for many years, before founding his own creative practice focusing on the development and design of publications, such as Entryways of Milan and Gio Ponti.
“The book is full of revelations. But for those who know Ponti for his architecture and his furniture, the real surprise is the ways they came together in rooms that display his seemingly endless supply of creativity.” - First Dibs
Hardcover, 36 x 36 cm, 5,67 kg, 572 pages