Gio Ponti was an Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer, artist, teacher, writer and publisher. During his career, which spanned six decades, Ponti built more than a hundred buildings and designed a considerable number of decorative art and design objects as well as furniture. He founded Domus, a design magazine, in 1928 and was an enthusiastic advocate of an Italian-style art of living. From 1936 to 1961, he taught at the Milan Polytechnic School and trained several generations of designers. His most famous works are the Pirelli Tower in Milan, the Villa Planchart in Caracas and the Superleggera chair producted by Cassina in 1957.