Founded by Italian architect Gio Ponti in 1932, Fontana Arte is a name famous worldwide for their amazing quality range of glass and glass lighting. The company’s works were first distinguished by its realizations of artistic stained-glass windows in churches and cathedrals, among them Duomo of Milan and Cathedral of Brasilia. After having fallen somewhat from grace due to management’s capitalist ideals, a private group bought FA in the late 70s with the re-launch strategy of using the company’s original tenet … big names in the architectural world (including Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass), with glass production as the main production element. The company has continued to evolve with new product development and corporate acquisitions while maintaining their core stratagem. Vintage, reissues, and new production of lighting, furniture and objects have kept FA at the pinnacle of their industry.
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Parola table light by Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 1980 (top)
Chandelier by David Chipperfield 2004 (2nd)
Crystal dining table by Gio Ponti 1938 (3rd)
No. 2666 vase of clear bonded glass by Ettore Sottsass 1980 (4th)
Flora by Future Systems 2007 (bottom)