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.
Norman Foster is one of the most prolific architects of his generation. Soon after Mr. Foster birth, his family moved to Manchester, which he dubbed as "one of the workshops of the world" and "the embodiment of a great city". During his school years, Mr. Foster was fascinated with engineering and the process of designing, which caused him to pursue a career in industrial design. Specific interests included aircraft - a hobby he maintains today; and trains, generated by viewing passing trains on the railway outside his terraced home during his childhood.
In 1994 Mr. Foster received the AIA Gold Medal. In 1999, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. In 2009, Foster received the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.View other products by Norman Foster