Gio (Giovani) Ponti (1891-1979) was born in Milan, Italy, and was gifted in fields including architecture, poetry, writing and ceramics, stage design, town planning, painting and graphic arts. In 1928, he founded Domus magazine, which became one of the leading publications dedicated to architecture, art, and design, and is still being published.
Ponti studied architecture at Politecnico de Milano University and graduated in 1921. From 1923 to 1938, he performed industrial design for Richard-Ignore Pottery and throughout his career was commissioned to design buildings around the world, including the Milan headquarters for tire manufacturer Pirelli. The Pirelli Tower, like the Superleggera chair, is notable for its unusual lightness of form and considered a symbol of modern Italian design. Ponti collaborated with more than 100 companies during his career and lectured in two dozen countries.