tag archives: gio ponti

 

do you believe in coincidence?  or, in connectivity?  such as, six degrees of separation, the theory that social distance is composed of six or fewer social network connections?

 

consider the following connections:

connection number one (numero uno):  a book

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano), an outstanding book about 20th century milanese architecture.  featuring the entrances of 144 residential buildings built during the 1920’s through the 1970’s.

 

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz

photo via taschen

 

connection number two (numero due):  two windows

i discovered entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) while researching leaded glass window designs for an innerspace interior design project.

most of the buildings in the book were designed by renowned architects, including giovanni muzio (1893-1982), giuseppe martinenghi (1894-1970), piero portaluppi (1888-1967), or giovanni (gio) ponti (1891-1979).  most of the entrances retain their original materials, fittings, and artwork, designed by the architects.  or, by industrial designers, such as angelo mangiarotti (1921-2012) or vico magistretti (1920-2006).  or, by artists, such as lucio fontana (1899-1968) or gio pomodoro (1930-2002).  most of their designs were fabricated by local artisans using local materials, including glass, stone, mosaics, ceramics, or metal.  and, most of the entrances retain their original lighting fixtures.  lighting designers or manufacturers include artimede, fontana arte, gino sarfatti (1912-1985), stilnovo, or venini.

the book could be considered a reference for 20th century italian design.  not only, because of the visually stunning photography.  but also, because of the captions, which document the location; the date; the architect, designer, or artist; and the materials, fittings, or artworks.  the index even includes a map.

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) is the most outstanding design book that i have discovered recently.

the book became the inspiration for the window designs.  and, the inspiration for a walking tour of entryways the next time that my husband, bob, and i visit milan.

in addition to considering many inspirations from the book, my clients and i considered the artistic and technical expertise of theodore ellison designs, who is now developing the design concepts and the technical drawings.  and then, constructing the leaded glass windows.

 

via mario giuriati 5 | designed by giovanni muzio | 1930-1931

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 10

photography by delfino sisto legnani

 

conceptual leaded glass window design | lisa walsh | innerspace

 

viale regina giovanna 32 | designed by giuseppe martinenghi | 1936-1938

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | pages 48-49

photography by matthew billings

 

conceptual leaded glass window design | lisa walsh | innerspace

 

via raimondo franchetti 3 | designed by domenico poloni | 1937-1939

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | pages 134-135

photography by paola pansini

 

conceptual leaded glass window design | lisa walsh | innerspace

 

connection number three (numero tre):  a handbag

as promoted on instagram.  one of the book’s photographers, delfino sisto legnani, also collaborates with milanese luxury leather brand, valextra.  their latest collaboration is a limited edition collection for valextra x extramilano.  eleven variations of iconic valextra handbags, inspired by entryways of milan (ingressi di milano).

 

corso sempione 33 | palazzo ina | designed by piero bottoni | 1953-1957

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | pages 276-277

photography by delfino sisto legnani via valextra

 

valextra x extramilano | tric trac bag

photo credit valextra

 

via plinio 54

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 80

photography by delfino sisto legnani via valextra

 

valextra x extramilano | brera top handle medium bag

photo credit valextra

 

corso italia 9 | designed by gio ponti | 1934

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 264

photography by delfino sisto legnani via valextra

 

valextra x extramilano | series s mini bag

photo credit valextra

 

via morozzo della rocco 10 | designed by mario ugge | 1935-1937

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 362

photography by delfino sisto legnani

 

valextra x extramilano | iside medium bag

photo credit valextra

 

via privata cesare mangili 6 | ca’ brutta | designed by giovanni muzio, pier fausto barelli, and vittorino colonnese | 1919-1923

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 215

photography by delfino sisto legnani

 

valextra x extramilano | iside mini bag

photo credit valextra

 

via amatore sciesa 24

entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) | edited and directed by karl kobitz | page 233

photography by delfino sisto legnani

 

valextra x extramilano | iside medium bag

photo credit valextra

 

valextra is one of my favorite italian brands.  i love shopping with martina at the valextra flagship boutique on via manzoni in milan.  i especially love their white (pergamena) handbags.

i am now looking forward to the arrival of my new entryways of milan (ingressi di milano) inspired iside bag.

i keep noticing geometric patterns that remind me of the blue and white ceramic tile that italian architect *gio ponti (1891-1979) designed for the parco dei prinicipi hotel in sorrento, italy.

hall | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | laurel pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

bar | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | starburst pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

 the parco dei principi hotel, which opened in 1962, is considered one of gio ponti’s masterpieces.  the hotel was restored from 1999-2004, and is now a listed building.  gio ponti designed not only the architecture, but also the interiors of the 96 room hotel.  so, the parco dei principi could be considered a mid-century modern precursor of 21st century design hotels.  for the interiors, which have a blue and white design scheme, ponti designed 30 patterns of 20 x 20 cm (7.87 x 7.87 in) ceramic tile.  the maiolica tile, which was originally manufactured by d’agostino in salerno, italy, has now been re-issued by la riggiola.

by rotating the tiles, ponti created four different patterns from this design

photo credits royal group and dwell

junior suite | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | pinwheel pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

‘shortlist’ | world of interiors magazine | march 2015 | page 45

rockman & rockman | cube 6 side table

photo credits world of interiors

rockman & rockman | cube 1, cube 6, and cube 7 side tables

photo credits rockman & rockman

prada | fall/winter 2015 fashion show

photo credit the sartorialist

classic room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | tetrahedron pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits royal group and dwell

‘antennae roundup’ | world of interiors magazine | march 2015 | page 19

beija flor | tetrahedron pattern printed vinyl PVC floor covering

photo credits world of interiors

alexandra champalimaud for the rug company | gaelic yellow and gaelic brown rugs

inspired by carved stones found while traveling in india

photo credits the rug company and the rug company

pentreath & hall | tetrahedron pattern wrapping paper

based on stone floor and marble patterns by 18th century designer, batty langley

photo credits pentreath & hall

dining room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | losenge pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credits j p moser and dwell

christian louboutin | sole print panettone wallets

photo credits christian louboutin

deluxe sea view room | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

gio ponti | circular pattern blue and white ceramic tile | 1962

photo credit royal group

‘all-star lineup’ | elle decor magazine | march 2015 | page 134

amethyst artisan | eclipse cement tile

photo credits elle decor and martyn thompson

 

amethyst artisan | eclipse cement tile

photo credits amethyst artisan

my husband, bob, and i stayed at the parco dei principi hotel when we visited the amalfi coast.  like the interiors and the architecture, the location is spectacular!  the hotel is built on a cliff, overlooking the bay of naples.

parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

rendering | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credits royal group

 the beach, where we relaxed every evening before dinner, is located at the bottom of the cliff.

beach | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credit royal group

‘blue sky,

blue sea,

blue islands,

blue maiolicas…’

-gio ponti

  *about giovanni (gio) ponti (1891-1979)

italian architect gio ponti could be considered one of the most influential 20th century designers.  his most famous building is probably the pirelli tower in milan, italy.

 gio ponti | pirelli tower | milan, italy | 1958

photo credit gioponti.com

gio ponti was also an industrial designer.  he designed porcelain for richard ginori, lighting for artemide, fontana arte, and venini, as well as furniture for domus nova.  the superleggera chair no. 699, produced by cassina since 1957, is probably his most famous furniture design.

gio ponti | superleggera chair no. 699 | parco dei principi hotel | sorrento, italy

photo credit dwell

ponti, who established domus architecture, art, and design magazine, was also a writer, an editor, and a publisher.

cover | domus magazine | january 1931

photo credit gio ponti archives