Ceramics. Gio Ponti (1891-1979) was one of the most important Italian architects, industrial designers, furniture designers, artists, and publishers of the twentieth century. In 1928 he founded Domus magazine. art director at the Milanese ceramics manufacturer, Richard-Ginori. He remained at the company for the rest of the decade, designing ceramic, porcelain and majolica vases, bowls, figurines and trays that infused a Wiener Werkstätte elegance with his own love of visual storytelling.