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.
Franco Raggi, born in 1945, is an Italian architect and designer. He began his architecture studies at the Polytechnic of Milan, where he graduated in 1969. After working for numerous magazines he has worked as the art director and consultant for the image of the glass factory Murano Barovier & Toso since 2001. Additionally, he teaches at the ISIA of Florence. His career has spanned a large variety of designs, including buildings, installations, exhibitions, lighting, books, scenery, objects and environments.View other products by Franco Raggi