Perfect Pairings: Gio Ponti and Natasha Baradaran

For a residence on Park Avenue in New York, we juxtaposed the F.A. 33 Mirror by Gio Ponti with newcomer Natasha Baradaran’s Sempione Bench. We love the surprising combination of two designers from different decades, transcending time with these forever objects. Side by side, these handmade pieces exemplify the eternal influence of great design.

The F.A. 33 Mirror was originally designed by the legendary Gio Ponti in 1933 and hasn’t aged a day. Modern in feel, and uniquely elegant without being too fussy, it still holds up in contemporary interiors. (Of course, Ronen Lev has a soft spot for Ponti – Domus, the magazine he launched in 1928, is a major inspiration for us.)

The elegant Sempione Bench strikes a similar note, with its simple yet elevated presence. Its designer, Natasha Baradaran, has Persian roots and a diverse cultural background; her distinctive point of view fuses classical European tradition with the exoticism of Middle Eastern arts, seasoned with the laidback luxury of Los Angeles. Her namesake furniture collection, Natasha Baradaran Interior Design, launched in 2014 and was a valuable resource for our Park Avenue project.



F.A.33 Rectangular Wall Mirror by Gio Ponti (1933)

Gio Ponti


Originally designed in 1933, the F.A. 33 Mirror was created for that period’s most prominent lamp, glass and mirror manufacturer, FontanaArte, which Ponti and Pietro Chiesa had founded a couple years earlier. It has stood the test of time.

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Sempione Bench by Natasha Baradaran

Natasha Baradaran

Raised between Los Angeles and Milan, Natasha Baradaran’s designs reflect an Italian zest for life. This piece is from her second collection, CURVA, which celebrates the Italian midcentury aesthetic, and was inspired by the phrase "Dolce Far Niente" – loosely translated as the sweetness of enjoying the moment.

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