Gio Ponti, born in 1891 in Milan, was an Italian architect, designer and professor. In 1927 he opened his first studio in Milan with the architect Emilio Lancia and the following year was the founder, together with Gianni Mazzocchi, of the magazine Domus. In all the sectors in which he worked, from interior to contract, Gio Ponti was the bearer of a message and a new perspective: the invitation to surround oneself with beauty as a stimulus to enjoy life in its entirety. In 1947 he devoted himself to the magazine Stile, carrying out his desire to spread art and architecture by creating the "culture of living." In 1954 he invented the Compasso d'Oro award, going so far as to involve all levels of his design, from the smallest forms to large architectures through in the theory of "finished form." In 1956 he built the Pirellone in Milan, considered one of his greatest masterpieces. He passed away in Milan in 1979.