Release DateMay 26, 2021
FormatHardcover, 36 x 36 cm, 5.67 kg, 572 pages
|Title||GIO PONTI||Editor||Karl Kolbitz||Release Date||May 26, 2021|
|Publisher||Taschen||Format||Hardcover, 36 x 36 cm, 5.67 kg, 572 pages||ISBN||978-3-8365-8365-7|
If there’s one epithet that can adequately convey the creative genius of “the father of modern Italian design” Gio Ponti is a Renaissance man. An architect by profession, Ponti was also a pioneering designer, artist, art director, teacher, publisher and poet, a true polymath in other words whose oeuvre over six decades left an indelible mark on Italy. “GIO PONTI”, a new kaleidoscopic book by TASCHEN, traces Ponti’s prolific career through 136 multi-disciplinary projects, from the landmark Pirelli Tower in Milan and Villa Planchart in Caracas, to his iconic chairs for Cassina and pendant lights for Fontane Arte, to lesser-known creations like porcelain vases and silver cutlery, as well as his work for Domus, the influential design and architecture magazine he founded in 1928. Shaped in close collaboration with Ponti’s grandson and founder of the Gio Ponti Archives, Salvatore Licitra, the 572-page hardcover is packed with unpublished imagery and insightful texts, including an extensive biographical essay by Italian writer and designer Stefano Casciani, rendering it the most comprehensive and immersive account of Ponti’s work to date.
If the 5.7kg, 572-page hardcover isn’t enough to immerse you into Ponti’s kaleidoscopic universe, TASCHEN is offering a numbered Art Edition (No. 1–1,000) which is accompanied by a reproduction of the iconic Arlecchino lattice coffee table, which was originally designed in 1954 for Villa Planchart, and a set of four numbered prints of Ponti’s interior ocean liner studies from 1948-1949. Inspired by the visual language of De Stijl artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, the "Planchart Coffee Table” is reissued by Molteni&C for TASCHEN in an exclusive square format that speak of Ponti’s work as the synthesis of the arts as well as exemplifies the lightness of his iconic style.