Living la vida Ponti
What is it to live ‘alla Ponti’?
A small exhibition at the V&A, curated by Molteni&C, brings together photos of Gio Ponti’s works together with quotes by the Italian architect or those who knew him.
Entitled ‘Vivere alla Ponti’, it includes the architect’s office building Uffici Primo Palazzo Montecatini in Milan (1936-1938), said to be Ponti’s first work of ‘total design’ in which every detail from the façade to the interior design of the building was micromanaged by the architect.
The other major work in this small exhibition is the residential Casa Ponti in Via Dezza (1956-1957), also in Milan, whose appearance Ponti considered both in daylight and during the night.
The curators define living ‘alla Ponti’ as ‘places where architecture, interiors and furnishing harmoniously come together.’ This exhibition is too small to really do the idea justice, but as a half hour sojourn it provided a few interesting snippets from writings by or about Ponti that will interest those who know his work.
Vivere alla Ponti by Molteni&C
Seminar Room 2, Sackler Centre, V&A
Free to attend