BLUE. Not Grey! This is a PG blog; get your head out of the gutter.
After my introduction to Gio Ponti’s work a few years ago, I have found that ever since, I tend to gravitate towards his aesthetic. I have however recently, felt particularly inspired by his work. I like to think of Ponti not as simply an artist or designer, but rather, as a prolific and prophetic creator. His own existence depended solely on his ability to discover and create. In his vast career he was an architect, product designer, poet, teacher, costume designer, furniture designer, collaborator; he worked with pottery, rugs and founded two magazines. He knew what the world needed, and knew how it should look. To say that his body of work is impressive would be a grave understatement and a disservice to his legacy. Working upwards of 10 hours a day, his work ethic and deep focus are also of huge motivation to me.
But with a little background under our belts, let us move back to ‘blue.’ The pictures you see accompanying this text, are images of the Parco dei Principi hotel in Sorrento, Italy. From the tile floors, to the modular wardrobes, to the simple blue coverlets, Gio Ponti designed the entire hotel from top to bottom. Overlooking the Amalfi Coast, each room boasts a stunning kaleidoscope of cool blues, almost mirroring the sparkling ocean, just outside of the windows below. Even though the palette is monochromatic, it doesn’t feel cold. There are lighter shades and darker shades, accented by spare but warm, wooden furniture.
Choosing bedding for the apartment is one of the last few puzzle pieces necessary for pulling our place together. Regardless of how many Pinterest boards and sites for big box stores that I click through, I keep returning to Ponti’s Principi palette (from 1962, I might add!). Despite the 50-year gap between when the hotel was designed and now, is a testament to the sustainability and brilliance of his work.
As of yet, I have not found a single thing that captures the way these images make me feel. So I am wondering if perhaps I’ll have to make something myself. Would Ponti appreciate the homage on my duvet, or would he tell me to create something completely new? Would I follow the blue palette or embrace the geometry? Hmmm… better get sketching.