Gio Ponti (Architect) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Gio Ponti

Giovanni “Gio” Ponti was an Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer, artist, teacher, writer and publisher. During his career, which spanned six decades, Ponti built more than a hundred buildings in Italy and in the rest of the world. He designed a considerable number of decorative art and design objects as well as furniture. Thanks to the magazine Domus, which he founded in 1928 and directed almost all his life, and thanks to his active participation in exhibitions such as the Milan Triennial, he was also an enthusiastic advocate of an Italian-style art of living and a major player in the renewal of Italian design after the Second World War. From 1936 to 1961, he taught at the Milan Polytechnic School and trained several generations of designers. Ponti also contributed to the creation in 1954 of one of the most important design awards: the Compasso d’Oro prize. Ponti died on 16 September 1979.

Born: 18 November 1891, Milan, Italy
Died: 16 September 1979 (aged 87), Milan, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Alma mater: Politecnico di Milano
Occupation: Architect

About Gio Ponti

Industrial and furniture designer responsible for the 32-story Pirelli Tower in Milan, along with Pier Luigi Nervi and Arturo Danusso; it was the city’s second skyscraper.

Before Fame

He served in World War I, earning the rank of Captain in the Pontonier Corps, from 1916 until 1918; he was awarded the Bronze Medal and the Italian Military Cross.


He founded Domus magazine in 1928, which he edited until 1941. He then edited Stile magazine until 1947, returning to Domus in 1948.

Family Life

He was born to Enrico Ponti and Giovanne Rigone in Milan. He married in 1921 to Giulia Vimercati and had four children.


He was born in the same country as Leonardo da Vinci.

Information related to Gio Ponti

  • Italian magazine founders
  • Italian furniture designers
  • Modernist designers
  • Italian industrial designers
  • Polytechnic University of Milan faculty
  • Modernist architecture in Italy
  • Architects from Milan
  • Commanders of the Order of Vasa
  • Italian magazine editors
  • Italian fascist architecture
  • Italian designers
  • Polytechnic University of Milan alumni
  • 20th-century Italian architects
  • Italian military personnel of World War I
  • Modernist architects

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Latest information about Gio Ponti updated on September 15, 2020.

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