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Josef Hoffmann Fabric Category Description:

Josef Hoffmann was an Austrian architect who began his career in the late 19th century. By the end of the 1800s Hoffmann had - together with Gustav Klimt, Joseph Mari Olbrich and Koloman Moser - founded the Vienna Secession. The Secessionists included many artists who would later achieve great acclaim including Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Hoffmann himself was a prominent artist, his fields being architecture and the design of consumer goods. Various of his designs are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York City. Among his most famous works are the Purkersdorf Sanatorium of 1906 and the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, Belgium.

Hoffmann also made textile designs. Design 7208 was designed by him in 1909 and Design 9297 in 1913 - during his tenure as artistic director of the Wiener Werkstätte - but never manufactured. In fact, the names Design 7208 and Design 9297 are what they were assigned in the mill archive.

Both fabrics are rendered in a satin weave. The elegant satin sheen combined with the striking colors create a designer fabric that is as modern today as ever.

The Josef Hoffmann fabrics can be used to make pillows, wall-hangings, seat cushions, slipcovers, table covers, draperies, curtains, handbags, garments and more.

  • Abrasion: 25,000+ double rubs

  • Finish: stain resistant

  • Produced with an environmentally improved manufacturing process.

  • Made with heavy metal free dyes with high exhaustion rates.

  • Natural fiber content.

  • Flammability: Meets all appropriate flammability requirements, including California Bulletin #117 and NFPA 260. These fabrics are also compatible with California Bulletin #133.

Regular Maintenance for Your Josef Hoffmann Fabric (The following recommendations are from the Maharam web site)

For regular maintenance use the proper attachment to avoid pilling. Professionally clean as needed.

Treating Stains

  • Clean with mild, pure, water-free dry cleaning solvents only.

  • Soak up any excess moisture immediately with a clean, soft, white cloth.

  • For oil and water-based stains: Dampen a clean, soft, white cloth with water-free dry cleaning solvent – do not over saturate. Gentlyblot the stain. Work from the edge of the stain toward the center, rotating the cloth once an area becomes soiled. Repeat the process until the stain is removed and no longer transfers to the cloth.

  • For insoluble stains (e.g. chewing gum, candle wax, etc.): Use a plastic bag filled with ice to rub the stain until the substance becomes brittle. Use a clean, dull, flat knife to gently remove the substance.

  • Allow the textile to dry thoroughly. Vacuum before using.

General Recommendations

  • Treat stains promptly; the longer a stain remains on the textile, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  • Always pre-test any cleaning method on an inconspicuous area.

  • Several light applications of a cleaning agent are less harmful than a single concentrated application; repeat stain treatment several times if necessary.

  • Never use heat to clean textiles; heat can set stains.

  • A professional furniture cleaning service is recommended.


The information above is a guide to help in the maintenance of upholstery textiles. Maharam can neither guarantee, nor take responsibility for specific results.

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