Gio Ponti and Domus 1970-79

By Cristina Moro

Excerpts from the catalogue.

“Domus” Cover n. 599, October 1979
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The 500th issue of Domus, in July 1971, was dedicated to the director, “whom we love as a man and as a mentor, and who has guided this magazine for a good thirty-five years.” Gio Ponti, who was nearly 80, was still overflowing with creative energy. In Domus he shared his enthusiasm for a new commission, a chair “that’s all back” or “narrow-seated,” which revived his irrepressible love for craftsmanship and industry: “These furnishings (what a passion!) comfort me at the age of 20 years times 4.”

“Domus” Cover n. 537, August 1974
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The beginning of the 1970s witnessed the publication of Gio Ponti’s last works, light and airy architecture, designed to capture and reflect light. (…) It was a decade of celebrations and commemorations: in 1973, Domus was invited to look back on its forty-five years of activity at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In the introduction to the exhibition catalogue,1 Gio Ponti unveiled the secret to a success anchored “in the heart of those who make it, Domus is an art magazine that dreams of being a work of art.” The choice to published texts in the original language, Ponti added, brought with it a change: it transformed a periodical that was initially of typical “Milanese improvisation” into a “multilingual” magazine, a meeting point for different simultaneous expressions of a universal culture.