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A ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive at the Musée des Arts Dé­co­rat­ifs in Paris from 19 Oc­to­ber 2018 to 10 Fe­bru­ary 2019 will il­lus­trate Gio Ponti’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show over 500 items, some for the first time, from fur­ni­ture, ce­ram­ics, and glass to mag­a­zines and ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs.

The set­ting, de­signed by Wil­motte & As­so­ciés, will in­clude key pieces of orig­i­nal fur­ni­ture from the Molteni Mu­seum Col­lec­tion. The Molteni group is one of Italy’s lead­ing in­dus­trial groups in the fur­nish­ing sec­tor and com­prises Molteni&c (home fur­nish­ings), Uni­for (of­fice fur­nish­ings) and Dada (kitchens), fo­cus­ing since 2010 on masters of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign and re­mak­ing key pieces of Ponti’s fur­ni­ture.

“An eclec­tic cre­ator, in­ter­ested in both in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion and crafts­man­ship,” de­clare Olivier Ga­bet, Do­minique For­est, So­phie Bouil­hetDu­mas and Sal­va­tore Lic­i­tra, the cu­ra­tors of Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti ArchiDe­signer. “Ponti en­riched post-war ar­chi­tec­ture, in­di­cat­ing the prospects for a new art of liv­ing.”

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