Gio Ponti was an Italian architect, artist, and designer, known for his role in erecting the Pirelli Tower (1956–1959) in Milan. He brought his modern aesthetic to buildings, interiors, and furnishings, as well as to domestic design, based on the belief that each piece of the structure work in harmony—similar to Le Corbusier’s holistic approach to modern living. In 1928, the prolific architect and designer founded Domus, the influential design magazine to which he would contribute for the rest of his life. Along with building projects, Ponti designed a number of now-iconic products, including the lightweight Superleggera chair and the curvy La Pavoni coffee machine of 1948. He was an enthusiastic leader of the post-war reconstruction, and a major influence on younger designers including Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass. In 2011, his prolific and wide-ranging career was the subject of the exhibition “Expressions of Gio Ponti” at the Triennale Museum in Milan.