Gio Ponti

Designer of a Thousand Talents
Close-up, detailed shot of Laura Kishimoto's Yumi Chair

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Gio Ponti-designed desk

Gio Ponti, Desk, about 1953. Walnut, marble, copper, and plastic; 49¼ x 50¼ x 19½ in. Manufactured by Giordano Chiesa, Milan, Italy. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the James Plaut Family Collection, 1994.1151.

The Architecture and Design Collection

Artworks from this gallery are part of the Denver Art Museum's Architecture and Design collection. The department's collection consists of more than 18,000 objects dating from the 1500s to the present and comprises one of the preeminent modern and contemporary design collections of any comprehensive museum in the United States. Approximately 11,000 of those objects comprise the AIGA Design Archives, one of the largest holdings of contemporary American communication design from about 1980 to 2010.

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Opened in 1971, Denver Art Museum's North Building, a seven-story structure was one of the first high-rise museums. After a closure for extensive renovations, the museum is reopening the Ponti Building under the new name of the Martin Building. Gio Ponti: In The American Westis the only book devoted to the sole building ever built in the United States by the mid-century Italian master architect and designer, whose brand had a cult following and ever growing popularity.

The catalog and many others are available to purchase at the DAM's Shop or online.

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