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"Gio Ponti and Tomaso Buzzi and the Birth of Italian Contemporary Design" - Talk by Dr. Giorgio Forni, Fondazione Sartirana Arte



On the occasion of the Singapore Design Week 2017 and the opening of the exhibition "Gio’ Ponti & Tomaso Buzzi: Design Competition for an Italian Embassy in 1926", the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Fondazione Sartirana Arte presents a talk by Dott. Giorgio Forni, President of the Foundation and curator of the exhibition. The Talk will be moderated by Dr. Alessandro Biamonti, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

The Talk will be focused on the innovative design of Gio’ Ponti and his closest collaborator, Tomaso Buzzi. Their work is universally recognized as the birth of Italian contemporary design.

Programme of the evening:

5.00 pm : Registration & Opening reception
6.00 pm : Talk on "Ponti & Buzzi: The birth of Italian Contemporary Design"
7.00 pm : Opening of the Exhibition "Design for an Italian Embassy"
7.30 pm : End of Programme

Giovanni “Gio” Ponti, (Milan, November 18, 1891 - Milan, September 16, 1979), is one of the most famous and influential architects and designers of the 20th century. He is remembered as an artist, architect, writer, innovator, painter, poet and professor. His unique designs are still relevant today, as the originals are considered valuable collectors items and some creations are continually re-issued by various manufacturers.

Tomaso Buzzi (Sondrio, 1900 - Rapallo, 1981) had very close relations with the Milanese Novecento Group and soon began with Gio' Ponti a long and fruitful collaboration, which extended from architecture, urban planning, design and finally participation with articles in "Domus", the magazine founded in 1928 by Ponti. Buzzi distinguished himself as a leading designer, landscaper and restorer / inventor as well as architect of many important Italian buildings; he collaborated in the organization of national and international events (Milan Triennale, International Exhibition of Amsterdam) and served as Artistic Director for Venini in Venice for many years, leaving his mark in his unique design of glass lamps.


The Talk is held in English

FREE ADMISSION with registration at:


Date: Thursday, March 02, 2017

Time: From 5:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute Singapore

In collaboration with : National Design Centre & Fondazione Sartirana Arte

Entrance : Free


National Design Centre, Auditorium, 111 Middle Rd