Architect Gio Ponti founded FontanaArte in 1932 as an artistic division of the Luigi Fontana Company. Historically, the company has been a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The company's works were first distinguished by its realization of artistic stained-glass windows, many of which are today still functional elements and ornamental features of churches and cathedrals, among them the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the in the making of furnishing complements for interiors, and he started to design and produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature. Soon a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed. Over the years, FontanaArte has had many contributors to its designs, including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano.
Born in Milan, 1958. After studying at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Carlo Tamborini began designing packaging and display systems. He collaborated with various architecture studios and in 1997 he began work at the studio of Piero Lissoni in Milan as Design Manager. In 1998 he co-founded the Codice 31 group. Since 1999 he has been designing lights and interior furnishings for companies such as: Fontana Arte, Pallucco, MOS by Cover, and Glas Italia.View other products by Carlo Tamborini