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GIVING WARMTH TO THE BUILDING SKIN - THE WORLD OF GIO PONTI, FATHER OF MODERN ITALIAN DESIGN (2013 - 2014)

GIVING WARMTH TO THE BUILDING SKIN - THE WORLD OF GIO PONTI, FATHER OF MODERN ITALIAN DESIGN

TOKONAME
INAX MUSEUMS
NOV 02 2013 - MAR 18 2014

Often hailed the godfather of Italy’s post-war design renaissance, the Italian modernist was known for his critical exploration of architectural surfaces, working with both artisan and machine production in the communication of 21st century design. His Interior details introduced geometrical motifs for which he was celebrated, patterns he established for tile works, as well as the tactile quality he continually intended to convey. 

"Through his sensitivity for texture he was able to communicate the “feeling of skin,” through his designs"


The exhibition intended to convey this acclamation of Ponti’s density of production, shedding light on his exploration of architectural surfaces, for which he was so successful through his integration production techniques. Through his sensitivity for texture he was able to communicate the “feeling of skin,” through his designs. Four themes: “Interior wall,” “Window” “Floor” and “Exterior wall” were keys to the interpretation of the exhibition. By making excellence use of co-located Monozukuri Koubou laboratory crafting technique, the curators attempted to duplicate Ponti’s tile work. The shifted walls seemed as if they were floating, and it gave a sense of ‘lightness’ aligned with Ponti’s style. Walls were hollowed out, allowing the audience to see through to the spaces beyond, and creating spatial divisions. The space was designed to introduce the multitalented designer Gio Ponti’s art fragmentally.

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