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Saint Laurent Rive Droite is taking Gio Ponti’s archive to Salone di Mobile
By Ella Joyce | Art | 5 April 2024

Saint Laurent Rive Droite is heading to Milan for Salone di Mobile, staged in the Chiostri di San Simpliciano, a 16th-century monastery in the heart of the Italian capital. Now in its 62nd year, the furniture fair is the largest of its kind and has become a permanent fixture in the arts and culture calendar.

Presenting an exclusive collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives and the Fundación Anala y Armando Planchart, Anthony Vaccarello has curated an exhibition which will house the porcelain tableware that Ponti crafted for Villa Planchart in 1957. Four years earlier in 1953, the Italian architect and industrial designer was commissioned by Anala and Armando Planchart to build an avant-garde villa for the pair on the highest hill overlooking Caracas and sought the expertise of Florentine manufacturer Ginori 1735 to bring to live his vision for the porcelain tableware.

Heralded as the ‘Father of Modern Italian Design’, Ponti’s six-decade-spanning career saw him design everything from opulent cathedrals and towering skyscrapers to coffee machines and the aforementioned tableware. Honouring his legacy, Saint Laurent has collaborated with the original manufacturer to reissue twelve original plates from the Villa Planchart Segnaposto collection designed by Ponti in 1957. Featuring intricate motifs of the Sun, a Crescent Moon, Polar Star and varying designs of the letter ‘A’ in homage to Anala and Armando, the limited edition collection will be on sale at ysl.com, Saint Laurent’s Rive Droite stores in LA and Paris and, for a limited time, by appointment at Saint Laurent’s Milan flagship on Via Montenapoleone during Milan Design Week.

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