Although we have plenty information about the loft, we can’t go on with the actual drawings of bespoke interiors until we have made our special and specific survey.
Paolo goes for a one-day-trip in NY. He meets Chris and Bill and makes an accurate survey of the loft. It’s not only a question of precise measurements. In our team, he alone has the experience to catch certain details about “before”, and with a natural problem-solving attitude, he understands how structural details interfere with the project (see our “Mondrian” media cabinet). Moreover, he can predict the transformation of the worksite, so that, by the end, everything perfectly matches.
It is not only about technical skills: an educated and sensitive architect like Paolo is able to feel the ” genius loci”, the distinctive atmosphere of a specific location, so that the final result will be that of a home with character, not that of an anonymous house.
For Ermes Ponti, Gio Ponti was a master, almost a grandfather.
Not only a rare coincidence of names and neither a simply business relation between them; a friendship that still exists between the two families- the Pontis from Milan and the Pontis from Mantua.
Gio Ponti was “four-times-twenty” and Ermes was not 25 yet; Gio was one of the most famous architects of the last century and Ermes was simply a young carpenter with a great passion for his job.
From their joint work emerged some beautiful projects and, as Gio put it, we feel they represent a beautiful story of our past and- at the same time- a legacy, a heritage for the present and for the future.
So we feel we have this heritage to be shared. Gio Ponti designed for our company an interior concept (“la casa adatta”) and a full furniture collection dedicated to it- the Apta line.
Both of them were truly revolutionary in the early 70’s as they are absolutely up-to-date now. Continue reading