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Gio Ponti Fabric Category Description:

Born in 1891, Gio Ponti became on of the most important Italian artists of the 20th century whose works and writings would prove influential in architecture and industrial design.

After his military service in World War I, Ponti graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano University. Afterwards he established his own architectural firm.

Gio Ponti's most outstanding work can be seen in the form of the Pirelli Towers in Milan and in various furniture designs, including the Distex, Superleggera and Due Foglie chairs. Ponti also designed glass bottles, lamps and ceramics.

Additionally, Ponti made a number of textile designs, including the Acqua e Fuoco fabrics from 1933 and the I Morosi alla Finestra fabrics from 1930. Both of these designs were made for the Milanese silk mill Vittorio Ferrari.

Ponti's Acqua e Fuoco has a design of torches ablaze with fire and cups spilling out water over muted background. This is an ideal decorator fabric for light upholstery and window treatments.

  • Lightfastness: 60+ hours.

  • Durability: 9,000+ double rubs.

  • Maintenance: Dry clean only.

  • Flammability: This textile meets California Bulletin #117 flammability requirements.

Regular Maintenance for Your Gio Ponti 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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