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Gio Ponti at the Venice Biennale The AMC television favorite Mad Men can’t take all the credit for today’s resurgence of 20th century modernism. Truth be told, the post-war and midcentury modern design movements never went away because they produced attractive, simple, universal, and timeless style. A prominent Italian architect and designer of that era, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) created a number of pieces—from furniture to lighting—that can be described as all of the above, and some are currently on view in the exhibition “Vivere alla Ponti” in Venice. Launched to coincide with the opening of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the show highlights Ponti’s furniture collection that was reissued by Molteni&C, one of the sponsors of the exhibition along with textile and furniture house Rubelli. The featured pieces are designs dating from the 1930s to the 1950s such as a slim-shelved bookcase, an abstract geometric rug, and an upholstered armchair with metal frame that he designed for his own via Dezza home in Milan. Molteni&C has, in fact, produced a limited edition of the lounge chair (below) upholstered in Punteggiato and Rattappato velvet fabrics, which Ponti designed for Rubelli. Providing glimpses into Ponti’s world and times, the exhibition includes such personal touches as letters, original drawings and blueprints, videos, and family photos. “Vivere alla Ponti” will continue through September 28 at Rubelli’s showroom at Palazzo Corner Spinelli and is by appointment only, but the limited edition chair will also be displayed at the Biennale by Molteni&C, Rubelli, and the Milan Order of Architects. —Sheila Kim 80 contractdesign.com september 2012 PhotogRAPhy: couRtEsy of RubElli Exhibition Ponti with his family in their home in via Dezza, Milan (below). A limited edition of an armchair Ponti designed for his home (bottom) is now being offered in Punteggiato and Rattoppato velvets that Ponti had also designed for Rubelli. http://www.contractdesign.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - September 2012

Contract - September 2012
Contents
Editorial
Industry News
Product Focus: Come Sail Away
Eneco Headquarters
Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Perkins+Will Atlanta
DPR Construction
Iowa Utilities Board | Office of Consumer Advocate
25hours Hotel Hamburg
Practice: What Is Next in Sustainable Design?
Competition: Design Is…
Exhibition: George Nelson at Cranbrook Art Museum
Designers Select: Eco Products
Sources
Ad Index
Exhibition: Gio Ponti at the Venice Biennale

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