“Gio Ponti: Infinite Blue” at La Triennale di Milano

The exhibition presents Gio Ponti’s original drawings for the Hotel Parco dei Principi, with all his production notes and photographs of the company workshop where the architect worked together with craftsman and workers, as well as a display of the original ceramics in the building.

 

Gio Ponti, Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento 1962 © Marco Zuppetta

Gio Ponti, Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento 1962 © Marco Zuppetta

 

Gio Ponti’s design for the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento has become part of the history of Italian architecture. The project involved the entire building and, in particular, in collaboration with Ceramica D’Agostino, a series of blue-and-white ceramic decorations transformed a hundred rooms, together with the lobby, the reception area, the bar and the restaurant. The decorations consisted of “mathematical and geometric” combinations of a complete series of 27 patterns which, then as now, were reproduced by hand on 20 x 20 cm maiolica tiles. (more…)