A racionalist and assimetric design classic.
After sixty years, new life has been given to the project by Gio Ponti, bringing to the table a collection of cutlery which, through an unusual asymmetry, only expresses what the contemporary works of art can communicate over time.
In 1951, during a presentation at the Triennale di Milano, Gio Ponti described his plans: through careful anthropological study, the designer had in fact developed a rational design for each piece of the collection.
The rationalism that marked his entire career is also present in the cutlery design, for which the master analysed, synthesised and refined the formal characteristics of the object.
Gio Ponti (1891-1979), born in Milan, was an Italian architect and designer associated with the development of modern architecture and modern industrial design in Italy.
Ponti graduated in 1921 from the Milan Polytechnic. From 1923 to 1938 he did industrial design for the Richard-Ginori pottery factory. In 1928 he founded the magazine Domus, which influenced interior decoration, serving as its editor until 1946.
Thanks to the creation of Domus magazine in 1928 (which he presided over almost constantly until his death), Ponti made an intensive contribution to the renewal of the Italian production in the sector, giving it new impetus. Ponti was a strong supporter of the Biennale Monza, then the Triennale Milano, of the Compasso d’Oro awards and of ADI (Association of Industrial Design). He also taught at Politecnico di Milano from 1936 to 1961.
In the 1940s and early 1950s, Ponti turned to unique creations showcasing the skills of exceptional craftsmen. At the turn of the 1950s, Ponti deployed a prolific creation where he sought to combine aesthetic and functional requirements.
During his career, which spanned six decades, Ponti built more than a hundred buildings in Italy and in the rest of the world, and is regarded as a master of 20th century design and an enthusiastic advocate of an Italian-style art of living.
In 1856, Giuseppe Sambonet, the son of a nobleman from Vercelli and a Fine Arts graduate, obtained the patent of Master Goldsmith and set up the company Giuseppe Sambonet, depositing the punch with the initials 'GS' at the Turin mint. At the beginning of the 20th century, the company he founded was official supplier to many noble families, including the Duchess of Genoa and the Count of Turin.
In 1932 Sambonet, the first in Italy, set up an industrial-scale production plant capable of both solid and galvanic silverware production. In 1938, it developed an innovative process for the production of stainless steel cutlery, fine-tuning the technique for silverplating. In 1947 it started the production of stainless steel knives and blades with his own technology.
Made with distinguished artisan care, quality of materials, latest generation production techniques and secrets passed down from the company’s silversmith tradition, today Sambonet’s collections represent the perfect combination of Italian excellence, craftsmanship and good taste.