FontanaArte was founded in 1881, named after its founder, Luigi Fontana. The company used to manufacture float glass for the construction industry. Participation in the International Fair of Milan is a critical opportunity for the company, Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena were fascinated by the creations and commissioned several pieces of furniture and home decor.
In 1931, Gio Ponti, an eclectic personality and one of the protagonists of the cultural debate of those years, was appointed the company's artistic director.
Gio Ponti decides it’s time to boost Luigi Fontana’s line of prestigious furnishing accessories and invites Pietro Chiesa to join him in the art direction. Chiesa is a distinguished master glazier who enlists the craftsmen from his own workshop to join him.
It is a short leap to the launch of FontanaArte, a new division with a mission to develop products with a more artisanal feel, ranging from stained glass to limited series of furnishing and lighting accessories.
As the years rolled by, numerous international and nationally renowned designers collaborated with FontanaArte and created special decorative and lighting objects iconic for the company.
Today, FontanaArte is part of ItalianCreationGroup, a holding company whose vision is to create a pole specialized in the Home Design and Luxury Lifestyle sectors. Since 2018, the creative director is the young and esteemed architect and designer Francesco Librizzi.