Gio Ponti was born in Milan in 1891. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1921. Between 1923 and 1930, he designed neoclassical pieces for ceramics maker Richard Ginori. Some years later, in 1928, he started a magazine called Domus, which covered architecture, furniture, and everyday objects. In 1933, he became the artistic director for the Fontana Arte company, for which he designed lights. A multi-talented artist, he also designed furniture made by Knoll, Tecno, and Cassina, including the “Superleggera” chair made of stained ash wood. He was also famous for his architectural projects, including his masterpiece, the Pirelli Tower in Milan, which was built in 1958 in cooperation with Pier Luigi Nervi. Gio Ponti passed away in 1979.