Gio Ponti

Designer of a Thousand Talents

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891–1979), The Triumph of the Amazons Vase, 1925. Porcelain. Manufactured by Richard-Ginori, Milan. Collection of Robert and Lisa Kessler.

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891–1979), Domus Flatware, about 1956. Stainless steel. Manufactured by Krupp Italiana, Milan. Gift of Dung Ngo, 2014.121.1–5.

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891–1979), Writing Desk, about 1935. Walnut, brass, and nickel-plated brass. Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Funds from 1994 Collectors' Choice, 1998.166

Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891–1979), Distex Armchair (model 807), 1954. Brass, Naugahyde, and grass cloth upholstery. Manufactured by Cassina, Meda, Italy. Funds from 1994 Collectors' Choice, 1998.160.

The Gio Ponti-designed Martin Building (formerly called the North Building). Photo by Wayne Thom.

The Martin Building

Designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates, the Martin Building first opened in 1971. For the building's 50th anniversary, it has been fully restored and renovated throughout, including expanded galleries, restaurants, and rooftop and outdoor spaces offering visitor access to stunning city and mountain views.

It will reopen to the public with a free general admission day on October 24, 2021.