A Gio Ponti Tribute at Modus Miami
Furniture & Lighting
The great Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti was feted in Miami last week with an exhibition in the newly designed furniture showroom Modus Miami. Timed to coincide with the city’s annual Art Basel and Design Miami events, Gio Ponti Inspires, which included a window art installation based on Ponti’s drawings, showcased decidedly inspiring Ponti furniture designs from the 1950’s, recently reissued by Italian furniture manufacturer Molteni & C.
Included in the dazzling limited edition pieces on exhibit—based on archival Ponti prototypes, and recreated in collaboration with his heirs—were a stunningly graphic collection of objects: wood and brass-footed chest of drawers; hand painted metal table with clear crystal tabletop; and the undeniable pièce de résistance, a brass-framed armchair, designed in 1953, and upholstered in lustrous dotted fabric by exalted Venetian textile house Rubelli.
Framed against Modus Miami’s refined, elegantly appointed new showroom, the exhibit was a worthy reminder of the glamor—and enduring modernity—of Gio Ponti’s masterful eye.