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 Houston, Texas in 1984, Chris Hardy is an Atlanta based industrial designer. After receiving a BFA from the College for Creative studies, he went on to pursue a Masters of Design from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Chris Hardy returned to the United States in 2009 to begin his freelance career, founding Chris Hardy Design, which specializes in both industrial and graphic designs. His first piece, the Wig Pendant Lamp, was inspired by his views on society — small, individual pieces coming together to create a single, cohesive unit.View other products by Chris Hardy