Architect, editor, designer… the Milan born Gio Ponti (1891-1979) is celebrated today as one of the most prolific and influential movers and shakers of his time. Much can be said about Ponti, but perhaps Alice Rawsthorn sums it up best in her 2011 article for The New York Times where she writes, “It was quite a career. As a designer, Gio Ponti worked for 120 companies. As an architect, he built in 13 countries. As a magazine editor, he produced 560 issues and wrote at least one article for each one. As an academic, he lectured in 24 countries. He also found time to dictate some 2,500 letters and draw 2,000 illustrated letters, as well as for painting and poetry.” As a professional, Ponti worked with endless passion and stamina from the beginning of his career to the very end, all while shaping the global design conversation for nearly half a century. This November DSHOP is thrilled to announce our new partnership with the award-winning design house GUBI and along with it, the reissue of two of Ponti’s iconic works – the Randaccio and the F.A. 33 mirrors. We hope you love them as much as we do!
One of Gio Ponti’s signature pieces, the Randaccio mirror was designed in 1925 for Ponti’s own home on Via Randaccio in Milan. There it took pride of place in the designer’s very own bedroom. Today, the mirror’s delicate brass frame and signature crown detail make it a timeless classic that traverses period as well as style.
The unmistakable F.A. 33 mirror was designed by Ponti in 1933 for the period’s most prominent lamp and glass manufacturer, FontanaArte. Newly released this November, the F.A. 33 hasn’t skipped a beat, remaining as intelligently elegant and versatile as ever. We hope you’ll swing by to learn more about these beautiful new additions and the designer who made them, at shop.thedpages.com.
Photos 1-6 courtesy of GUBI.
Photo 7 – a vintage F.A. 33 photographed by Adrien Dirand for AD France.