FontanaArte was founded by architect Gio Ponti in 1932. A leader in advanced Italian glass manufacturing and design, FontanaArte's works were first distinguished by artistic stained-glass windows, many of which remain a part of modern life (Duomo of Milan, Cathedral of Brasilia). Ponti realized the potential of this material and soon FontanaArte started to produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature.
Over the years, FontanaArte has collaborated with many architects and designers including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano, all of whom have contributed to the very high quality of design that is FontanaArte.
Born 1926, Italy.
An Italian architect, designer and graduate of the Politecnico di Milano, Sergio Asti established a studio in Milan in 1953. He became a founding member of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale). He has designed furniture, lighting, glassware, wood products, ceramics, electrical appliances, interiors, stores and exhibitions, and has lectured widely.
Asti has received numerous prizes, including the Compasso d'Oro in the years 1955, 1956, 1959, 1962 and 1970. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sergio Asti's furniture, interior decoration accessories, and lamps are regarded as typical of the organic design produced in postwar Milan.View other products by Sergio Asti