Gio Ponti

Giovanni Ponti, known as Gio (Milan 1891 – 1979), a student at the Milan Polytechnic, graduated in architecture in 1921.

From 1923, he was at the artistic helm of the Richard Ginori porcelain factory.

In 1928 he created the magazine Domus and began his career as a designer.

In the 1930s he was in charge of major projects such as the Mathematics Faculty of the Universities of Rome and Padua and the Montecatini headquarters in Milan.

In the 1940s he founded and directed the magazine Lo Stile and worked with great artists such as Paolo De Poli and Piero Fornasetti, but above all he designed the conical Pirellone, the Pirelli Tower, symbol of post-war Milan.

The Taranto Cathedral was his last work before he died in Milan in 1979.