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.
Álvaro Joaquim Melo Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos, near the city of Porto, in 1933. From 1949 to 1955 Álvaro Siza studied at the School of Architecture, at the University of Porto. His first building project was finished in 1954. From 1955 to 1958 he was co-designer of the Architect Fernando Távora. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-1969 and he was appointed Professor of "Construction" in 1976. He has been Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polythéchnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, Los Andes University of Bogotá and the Graduate School of Design in Harvard University.View other products by Alvaro Siza