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.
Pierluigi Cerri graduated from the Milan Polytechnic. In 1974 he was one of the founding members of the Gregotti Associati. In 1976, as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, he directed the visual identity of the Biennale in Venice. He has been editor of "Casabella" and "Rassegna" magazines. He was responsible for the visual image of the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn and did the same job for Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
Cerri is responsible for a series of design editorials for the most important publishing houses in Italy, including Electa, Einaudi, Bollati Boringhieri, Fabbri, Bompiani, Skira. He worked in association with many magazines including Lotus International, Abitare, Domus, l'Espresso and managed a series of graphic design editorials by "Pagina" Electa. Together with Pierluigi Nicolin, he was editor of the Italian edition of "Vers une architecture" by Le Corbusier, Milan 1974, as well as editing "Pubblicita di autore", Electa, Milan 1983.View other products by Pierluigi Cerri