‘A kit of parts’ is how Vitsoe managing director Mark Adams describes Dieter Rams’s 620 chair programme
Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be free to modify them – materially, technically, even formally – in the name of contemporary market appeal. And what about the thorny issue of authorship? Architonic investigates. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
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Floor tiles and armchair by Gio Ponti
Design Hotels are booming. They promise a certain modern aestehtic and level of luxury to design-savvy travellers.
Long before the brand of the “Design Hotel” existed, Gio Ponti designed and furnished the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento in 1962.
Situated on a dramatic cliff, the hotel still preserves the designer’s original work intact. The property is amidst majestic gardens, with evocative scenes of classical architecture within the rare specimens of beautiful trees. The guestrooms still preserve their original Gio Ponti design and layout.
Cassina's reissue of Gio Ponti's iconic 'Superleggera' chair brings with it an injection of colour
When you revisit a design classic, you tread lightly. Ironic then that Cassina’s reissue of design legend Gio Ponti’s iconic ‘Superleggera’ chair, first launched in 1957 and which, in itself, is all about lightness – both visual and literal (the clue is, after all, in the name) – should bring with it some rather bold modifications.