PONTI DESIGN STUDIO LTD

Andrea Ponti

Hong Kong-based Italian designer specializing in Product and Industrial Design
International experience spanning 15 years, over seven in Japan and eight in Hong Kong
Extensive portfolio for global companies including Panasonic, Philips, Oppo and Samsonite
Winner of multiple iF Design Awards, Red Dot Design Awards and Good Design Awards
Featured in major international design media

Profile

Andrea Ponti (born in Cagliari, Italy in 1985) is an Italian designer specializing in product and industrial design. His projects combine the elegance of Italian design with the minimalism of Japanese design. After seven years in Japan, Ponti now lives in Hong Kong where he founded Ponti Design Studio in 2013. He designs for numerous global companies including Panasonic, Philips, Oppo, Samsonite and The Peninsula Hotels. He has received prestigious international design awards such as the iF Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award. Andrea Ponti studied industrial design at the Politecnico of Milan, where he obtained a graduate degree in 2008, with a dissertation on Shinkansen (the Japanese high speed trains). He then moved to Japan. Here he spent two years in Fukuoka, as a researcher of industrial and transportation design at Kyushu University. Later, in Osaka, under the guidance of master designer Chiaki Murata, he started forming his design concept while working on technological products that had a minimalist form. In Kyoto, with master Junzo Yamashita, he honed his artistic language while working with expert craftsmen and using traditional Japanese materials and techniques. The dualism between technology and art drives Ponti’s creative process and is at the heart of all of his projects. Since 2013 Ponti has been heading Ponti Design Studio where he designs a broad range of high-end products, with a focus on technology. Hong Kong is a constant source of inspiration for him and his projects reflect the spirit of the city. The dualism of east and west, past and present, art and technology best represents his professional development and design language.

Awards

2021
Red Dot Design Award, Playpulse One
2020
GIDA Future Star Award, Island Driverless Tram
iF Design Award, CORX Series 2 Smartwatch
2018
Red Dot Design Award, Samsonite Hartlan
iF Design Award, CORX Biometric Smartwatch
iF Design Award, SmartEar Anchor
iF Design Award, ORII Smart Ring
2017
iF Design Award, Matrix PowerWatch
Good Design Award, Matrix PowerWatch
2016
Good Design Award, Ommo Diga
Good Design Award, Ommo Torus
2015
Red Dot Design Award, Philips HTL7140B
Red Dot Design Award, Philips Fidelio XS1
2013
1st Prize at Jamco International Design Award, Japan
2012
Grand Prize at LG Mobile Design Competition 2012, Japan

Timeline

2021
Design Consultant for Haier Group
Design Consultant for Fender
2020
Design Consultant for Precious Kyoto with Junzo Yamashita
2019
Design Consultant for Oppo
Design Consultant for Combi
2018
Design Consultant for The Peninsula Hotels
"Design without Boundaries" exhibition at BODW, Hong Kong
2017
"Shadows in the Windows" exhibition at Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
"Design without Boundaries" exhibition at BODW, Hong Kong
2016
Design Consultant for Panasonic Eco Solutions
Design Consultant for Samsonite Asia
Judge at A&D Trophy Awards 2016, Product Design
2015
Design Consultant for Gibson Innovations
Judge at Roca One Day Design Challenge, BODW, Hong Kong
2013
Design Consultant for Philips Design
2012
Expanded his creative field from Japan to Hong Kong
Established Ponti Design Studio Limited in Hong Kong
2010
Product Designer for Space Magic Mon Co., Kyoto, Japan
2009
Product Designer for HERS and Metaphys, Osaka, Japan
2008
Expanded his creative field from Italy to Japan
Researcher in Product Design at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Master’s Degree in Product Design at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
2006
Degree in Product Design at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
1985
Born in Cagliari, Italy

The Studio

Ponti Design Studio is a product and industrial design firm based in Hong Kong. Founded in 2013 by Italian designer Andrea Ponti and Japanese design consultant Shiori Kuroiwa, the firm designs high-end, sophisticated technology products for numerous international brands, small and medium-sized companies and startups in Asia, North America and Europe. Ponti Design Studio has a universal approach to design, spanning across cultures and practices. Its broad product range includes transport and urban mobility, robotics and medical equipment, electronics, audio and wearables, travel accessories, furniture and household items. The firm also offers a variety of complementary services, such as product research, branding, UX/UI and packaging design. Ponti Design Studio is located in the vibrant and informal area of Sheung Wan, close to the Central financial district, and over time has established an extensive network of partnerships across Asia. Hong Kong is a key player in the Greater Bay Area, a highly industrialized, densely populated area in Southern China with 70 million people, nine cities and two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macao). This strategic location allows Ponti Design Studio to oversee the entire product development process from concept design to mechanical and electrical engineering, prototyping, and mass production.