FontanaArte: House of Glass / Vivere nel vetro

Christian Larsen (Ed)

Skira, 2022


The history of the legendary Milanese manufacturer of glass in the new chapter of Le Stanze del Vetro FontanaArte. House of Glass is a book that critically examines the legendary Milanese manufacturer of glass furnishings through the production periods lead by its four great artistic directors: Gio Ponti (1932–1933, with continuous involvement thereafter), Pietro Chiesa (1933–1948), Max Ingrand (1954–1967), and Gae Aulenti (1979-1996).
From Ponti’s founding of the company in 1932 until Aulenti’s departure in 1996, the present catalogue – published on the occasion of the major exhibition in Venice – traces FontanaArte’s historical stylistic arc through twentieth-century design, from the rational logic of modernism to the playful wit of post-modernism. Throughout, the company set the standards for Italian design: the seamless continuity between the classical ancient past and the technological present; the perfect marriage of art with industry; the superior quality of materials and hand craftsmanship; and the elevation of the everyday object into a luxurious art of living.


ISBN: 9788857248011

192 pagina's, 172 illustraties, 30.5 x 23.5 cm, hardcover, Engels