The first attempt to catalogue the vast, versatile output of Gio Ponti. A contribution to the historiography of Italian architecture that has become a classic.
[Gio Ponti. The Italian home] A controversial and often misunderstood figure, Gio Ponti was an emblematic interpreter of Italian architectural culture for over forty years. But until the publication of this book his work had never been approached as a whole, through in-depth research. Making use of unpublished materials, Fulvio Irace has made an initial attempt to catalogue Ponti’s vast, versatile output.
As a designer and as editor of magazines like “Domus” and “Stile”, and at the head of very important editions of the Milan Triennale, Gio Ponti played a leading role in grasping the trends and expectations of the cultured middle class. Throughout his career he pursued the dream of creating homes capable of combining past and present in a rooted idea of living: the “casa all’italiana”. His works include the “typical houses” in Milan, Villa Planchart in Caracas, and above all the Pirelli tower in Milan, now the headquarters of the Lombardy Region.