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 Tokyo in 1957, Shigeru Ban graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture. In 1985, he established Shigeru Ban Architects, a private practice in his native Tokyo. Through his firm, he created revolutionary architectural designs such as Curtain Wall House, Japan Pavilion Hannover EXPO 2000 and the Nicolas G. Hayek Center.
In 1995, Shigeru Ban began working as a consultant of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and during that same time founded the NGO, Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He worked as a professor at Keio University, Japan from 2001 to 2008, then became a visiting professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2010 as well as visiting professor at Cornell University.View other products by Shigeru Ban