FontanaArte was founded by the architect Gio Ponti in the year 1932 as an artistic department in the Luigi Fontana Company. The Italian company manufactures lamps and furniture that unify beauty and functionality with modern technologies today.
At its foundation the FontanaArte became popular with glassworks and glass designs, overall with artistic designed windows, e.g. in churches and cathedrals. Gio Ponti realized the potential from the material also for private sectors for interior designs as he worked with glass. Encouraged by his intuition, Ponti started to design and to produce furniture, lamps and other objects. Glass as material was thereby the linking element.
In the 1950s, with the French design Max Ingrand at its helm, Fontana Arte created some of its most iconic pieces.
Athe end of the 70s, these four great names of architecture and design should be involved: Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni, Franco Raggi were some of the new employees, but also architects like Gregotti, Sottsass, Riva, Siza und Piano that should ensure the high quality of the design.