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 in Milan in 1911, Livio Castiglioni graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1936. He started working with his brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo immediately after the war focusing their attention mainly on city planning, architecture and particularly on design. All the experiments and studies on design were possible thanks to the many exhibitions they designed and where Livio worked as light and sound technician.View other products by Livio Castiglioni
Pietro Maria Castiglioni, known as Piero, was born in Lierna (Lecco) in 1944. After graduating in architecture in 1970, he worked with his father Livio in Via Presolana from 1973-1979, mainly specializing in lighting design. In 1968 and 1973 he was asked to work for both 14th and 15th "Triennale di Milano". In 1972 he carried out design work with Ugo La Pietra for the exhibition entitled "Italy: the new domestic landscape" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Along with his father, he created several lighting designs for public or private art galleries, temporary exhibitions, show rooms, offices, hotels and houses both in Italy and in foreign countries. They often designed special execution lights made by craftsmen, eventually resulting in the creation of the "Scintilla" system, manufactured by FontanaArte. Piero continued working on interior and outdoor lighting design following his father's death in 1979.View other products by Piero Castiglioni