Giovanni Ponti, known as Gio, was born in Milan on 18 November 1891, and graduated in architecture in his home city, at the Politecnico di Milano (then known as the Regio Politecnico) in 1921. Shortly afterwards, he began a long-term collaboration with his friend Emilio Lancia which was to lead to the setting up of a professional firm where, for a short while, Ponti was to also be associated with architect Mino Fiocchi.
The relationship with Lancia continued until 1933, the year which saw the foundation of a new studio which Ponti ran together with Eugenio Soncini and Antonio Fornaroli. In 1945, Sonci left the studio and was replaced seven years later by the young architect Alberto Rosselli, who was to remain with Ponti and Fornaroli until his premature death in 1976, not long before the death of Ponti himself, three years later in Milan, on 16 September.
In parallel with his intricate professional life in the field of architecture, Ponti also concentrated on extending his personal interest in art (in particular in painting) and crafts, to then become a designer through a chance encounter with the management team of the Richard Ginori Ceramics Works.
The Sesto Fiorentino based company with which Ponti worked from 1923 to 1930, radically overhauling its entire production, became the ideal venue for cultivating his growing passion for ceramics, one which was to accompany him throughout his career. He elaborated interesting reflections on the application of this material to the designing of building façades and the entire city, which were masterfully summarised in “Amate l’Architettura” (published in 1957) and completed in a period – following the second world war – in which international standards demanded the use of cement of the construction of endless curtain walls in glass and steel.
The production lines created for Richard Ginori were innovative yet traditional: plates, vases and small table-top sculptures were all created with the most advanced techniques, but were inspired on the one hand by artisan traditions and on the other by the shape of ancient medallions, urns and classic states, and were populated by sinuous figures set in vaguely architectural settings which were accented with designs of colonnades, pergolas or entire basilica (for example the celebrated “Vaso delle donne e delle architetture”). The impact of these initial works was such that as early as 1923 Ponti’s work for Richard Ginori was presented at the Monza Biennial for Decorative Arts, in international magazines and, in 1925, was awarded the Grand Prix at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Bilia table lamp in the LED version with 9W warm light (2700k) which develop a luminous flux of 950 lumens. Metal frame, satin white blown glass diffuser. Possibility of mounting LED or halogen bulb. Complete with transparent power cable, dimmer and plug. Available in four different colors. Designed by Gino Ponti in 1932.
Bilia table lamp in the "MINI" version, smaller than the classic version, with G9 connection. Metal frame, satin white blown glass diffuser. Possibility of mounting LED or halogen bulb. Complete with transparent power cable and plug. Available in ten different colors. Designed by Gino Ponti in 1932.
Bilia table lamp in the classic version with E14 lampholder and dimmer. Metal frame, satin white blown glass diffuser. Possibility of mounting LED or halogen bulb. Complete with transparent power cable, dimmer and plug. Available in four different colors. Designed by Gino Ponti in 1932.
Equator LED floor lamp with the possibility of adjusting the light intensity. Galvanized metal frame, glass diffuser. Available in the three different colors polished copper, chrome-plated and polished black and two heights 135 and 175 cm, in 25W that emits a luminous flux of 2900lm or 40W 4500lm with 2700K warm light. Complete with power cable, dimmable...
Equator suspension lamp, LED chandelier with the possibility of adjusting the light intensity with the 1-10V system. Galvanized metal frame, glass diffuser. Available in three different sizes from 25W, 40W and 60W with their respective diameters of 238mm, 358mm and 4800mm. In two different colors polished copper and chrome-plated. Designed by Gabriele and...