Gio Ponti graduated from Milan Polytechnic Institute in 1920 and was an art director for Richard-Ginori from 1923 to 1930. He was invited to take over the art direction of Luigi Fontana in 1931 and in 1932 he founded FontanaArte with Pietro Chiesa.
Mr. Ponti was one of the promoters of the Compasso dâOro Award and a founder member of the ADI (Italian association for industrial design), as well as curating programs for the Milan Triennale on many occasions and teaching at Milan Polytechnic. He designed numerous famous public and private buildings.
Throughout his career, Mr. Ponti designed timeless furniture, lighting and objects for many successful manufacturers.