Saint Laurent Launches New Collaboration For Milan Design Week

Emma Hodgson   |   03-04-2024

Saint Laurent Rive Droite has revealed an exclusive collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives and the Fundación Anala y Armando Planchart for Milan Design Week. 

The exhibition, curated
 by Anthony Vaccarello, will showcase an exceptional plate collection at the Chiostri di San Simpliciano.

In Venezuela in 1953, Anala and Armando Planchart commissioned the renowned Italian architect Gio Ponti
 to build an avant-garde villa for them on the highest hill overlooking Caracas.  

Framing their modern aspirations, Gio Ponti designed a house “as light and graceful as a butterfly posed on a hill”, brimming with ingenious inventions, bright colours, and showcasing magnificent views, collections of orchids, and works of art. In finalising the interior decoration of the Villa Planchart, Ponti employed exceptional Italian artisans
 with traditional expertise, including the Florentine manufacturer Ginori 1735, for which he had previously worked as artistic director. 

He designed a set of porcelain tableware decorated with the symbols
 and motifs of the villa, illustrating his artistic talent and eye for detail: the Sun, the Crescent Moon, the Polar Star and magnificent iterations of the letter “A” – a homage to Anala and Armando. Saint Laurent Rive Droite, in collaboration with Ginori 1735, has reissued 12 original plates from
 the Villa Planchart Segnaposto collection designed by Gio Ponti in 1957. These traditionally crafted decorative porcelain plates are painted by hand in Ginori 1735’s Italian Manifattura. 

 The limited-edition plates will be available on, at Saint Laurent Rive Droite Los Angeles, Saint Laurent Rive Droite in Paris, and, for a limited time, by appointment at Saint Laurent’s Milan flagship on Via Montenapoleone during Milan Design Week.  

Open from the 16th to the 21st of April, the Gio Ponti – Villa Planchart exhibition will be on view at the Chiostri Di San Simpliciano in Milan.  

To pre-book tickets, register through this link.