Modernist Designers Series/ Gio Ponti

Can you believe it’s been nearly 70-80 years since the Modernist movement started? It was around the 1940s that designers and architects first embraced this style, but it wasn’t called “modernism” just yet.

Design’s shift toward clean lines, minimalism, and natural materiality took hold in interiors, furniture, ceramics, and architecture. Although each designer had his or her own unique approach, these were the features that characterized modern design over the following thirty years.

This year, we’re sharing twelve of the top masters behind this major movement — one for every month of 2019. First up:

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Giovanni (Gio) Ponti (1891-1979)
Italy
Architect, Designer, Artist

Gio Ponti was born in Milan in the late 1800s and is credited as being the most influential Italian designer of his time. Although he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, his professional career began as the artistic director of the ceramics company, Richard Ginori.

There, his initial work was influenced by classicism until 1925, when he transitioned to the Art Deco and Modernist styles.

In these years, Ponti coined “forma finita,” his theory that a design is complete when nothing can be added or taken away. You can see evidence of this concept in his furniture lines, where vestiges of Art Deco’s geometric forms pave the way for modern simplicity. The resulting creative “lightness” of design is uniquely Ponti.

His other notable accomplishments include founding the still-circulating architecture and design magazine Domus in 1928, as well as designing the iconic Pirelli Tower in Milan. He is still widely revered in the industry today — we saw his work on exhibit in Paris just last November!

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Superleggera chair design for Cassina, 1957

Superleggera chair design for Cassina, 1957

Bureau Giordano Chiesa, 1953

Bureau Giordano Chiesa, 1953

Console collaboration, Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli, 1942

Console collaboration, Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli, 1942

Ocean Liner Armchair, Heritage Collection, 1951

Ocean Liner Armchair, Heritage Collection, 1951

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Dezza armchair, 1965 (source)

Keep an eye out for our next featured designer in February…

In the meantime, tell us your favorite modernist designer in the comments below!

Inspiration / ICFF + NYC Design Week 2018

Form + Field loves to travel the world for design inspiration, but attending international design shows is a close second. This year’s ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and NYC Design Week didn’t disappoint, introducing us to several talented designers and their beautiful creations.

Here are just a few we’re excited to share with you...
 

Noemi Saga Atelier

Brazil

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This daybed’s use of leather, dark Caesarstone quartz, and complementary shapes is simply stunning. (image source)
 

Eny Lee Parker

Savannah, Georgia

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We loved everything new designer Eny Lee Parker shared at ICFF, including these eye-catching Oo Lamps. (image source)

TON

Hostýnem, Czech Republic

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We can’t resist a well-designed chair, and the intriguing curves of TON’s Chip Chairs make it no exception. (image source)

Sun at Six

Brooklyn, NY

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We discovered Sun at Six and the secret behind their beautiful woodwork: traditional Chinese joinery, a process that uses intricate, interwoven joints instead of nails or screws. (image source)

Eskayel

New York, NY

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Not only would Eskayel’s abstract rug designs fit perfectly into a modern-styled space, their use of materials like merino wool and silk make them highly touchable. (image source)

FOGIA

Stockholm, Sweden

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The best chair designs are the ones that compel you to take a seat! FOGIA’s wingback and dining chairs accomplish this and more... (image source)

 

Inspiration / FOG Design+Art Fair

For the last five years, the FOG Design+Art Fair has occupied Fort Mason in a four-day exhibition of the latest in art and design. Galleries from around the world and from right here in San Francisco come to display the work of both famous and up-and-coming talent.

In every visit to FOG, we’ve found new artists, designs we love, and concepts to inspire our own interior design projects. Here are some of our favorite finds from this year’s event.

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Gallery: Jessica Silverman, SF

We love Davina Semo's creative contrast between industrial, chain-link material and seemingly organic, rippling folds. / Image Credit

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Gallery: Friedman Benda, NYC

Faye Toogood uses elegant curves and color to define our perception of weight and strike an intriguing balancing act. Originally intended for a child’s nursery, her mobile designs have morphed into something else altogether: perfection. (We’re using one of Toogood’s tapestries in a design project, as well, and can’t get enough of her diverse body of work!) / Image Credit

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Gallery: Pace Gallery, Palo Alto

Kohei Nawa was a new artist discovery for us. Each of his pieces is an innovative experiment in perception and in the form’s definition and relationship with light. He meticulously plans every glass orb that is placed on the taxidermied animals. Otherworldly and beautiful.

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Gallery: David Zwirner, NYC

Ruth Asawa, whose work is typically known for having more roundness of form, surprised us with these nature-inspired, wire hanging sculptures. Their shadows are nearly as fascinating as the sculptures themselves.

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Gallery: The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles 

We loved discovering the work of J.B. Blunk, a local sculptor and protégé of renown artist and architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Come April, check out his work in person at the Oakland Museum of California where they bring together a comprehensive survey of his work. / Image Credit

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Gallery: R & Company, NYC

Scene by one of our favorite designers Pierre Yovanovitch, who is based in Paris. Yovanovitch transforms simple, modern forms into an orchestra of contrasting shapes, shadows, and textures.

What's inspiring you from FOG Art+Design? We'd love to hear.

Inspiration / Mission Bay Penthouse

We’re in the midst of a fun, new project located in the rapidly growing San Francisco neighborhood of Mission Bay. Our client asked for bold colors, luxurious textures, and clean, modern lines with a dash of whimsy.  Here’s some of the images that inspired us during the concept phase:

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Like bold colors? Take a look at a few of our picks to capture a similar vibe for yourself:

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Inspiration / Luis Barragan

Luis Barragan (1902-1988), one of Mexico’s greatest architects, is known for his use of bright colors that reference the traditional architecture of Mexico. Luis also consulted for many international architects on landscape design including Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, and was particularly gifted with integrating outdoor spaces with their interior counterparts, incorporating water features throughout. Now that we’re in full summer mode, it seems especially timely to share some of Luis Barragan’s colorful work!