Saint Laurent Rive Droite To Present Gio Ponti's Archival Porcelain Plates During Milan Design Week

Curated by Anthony Vaccarello, the exhibition will highlight the renowned Italian architect’s tableware designs for Villa Planchart in 1957.

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Saint Laurent Rive Droite has joined forces with the Gio Ponti Archives and Fundación Anala y Armando Planchart to showcase a striking collection of vintage plates at the Chiostri di San Simpliciano during Milan Design Week. Curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, the exhibition will house the porcelain tableware that Ponti crafted for Villa Planchart in 1957.

In Venezuela in 1953, Anala and Armando Planchart commissioned the renowned Italian architect to construct a villa overlooking Caracas. The result was Villa Planchart: a home “as light and graceful as a butterfly posed on a hill,” with vivid artisanal interiors, a vast art collection and a colorful facade.

At the tail-end of the project’s development, Ponti employed Florentine manufacturer Ginori 1735 (where he previously served as creative director) to create the aforementioned porcelain pieces, which featured decorative depictions of the Sun, the Crescent Moon, the Polar Star and the letter “A,” inspired by the villa’s and its inhabitants.

Now, Saint Laurent Rive Droite has reissued 12 of Ponti’s original plates from the Villa Planchart Segnaposto collection, in partnership with Ginori 1735. Notably, the renewed tableware is hand-painted in the brand’s Italian Manifattura.

Saint Laurent Rive Droite’s Gio Ponti – Villa Planchart exhibition will be on view at Milan’s Chiostri Di San Simpliciano from April 16 to 21. The limited-edition plates will launch via the brand’s webstore, as well as at Saint Laurent Rive Droite Los Angeles, Saint Laurent Babylone in Paris and at the label’s Milan flagship during design week.

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