the legacy left by giò ponti (1891-1979) spans a creative force of architecture, design and art which i always associated with a definitive moment in post- WWI aesthetics. although more known for his designs and architecture, there is a wealth of ceramic works that were done for manifattura ceramica richard ginori, in milan and sesto fiorentino. although his tiles and their architectural application fits with my general perception of his work and the modernist geometries he was so fond of, his ceramic oeuvre has something else about them. like some stylized etruscan dream, his ceramic designs from the 20’s evoke quite a different gio ponti to the one i’m familiar with and even though it smacks of aspiration it still succeeds in adding to his acknowledged creative diversity.