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Using a holistic approach to design, Maharam creates innovative textiles through the exploration of pattern, material, and technique. A fourth-generation family business founded in 1902, Maharam has evolved into a leading provider of design-driven textiles for commercial and residential interiors. The brand is recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design and embraces a diverse range of disciplines, from product, graphic, and digital design to art and architecture. Maharam frequently collaborates with industry designers and visionaries, including Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Alexander Girard, and more recently, Paul Smith. Maharam's textiles are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stedelijk Museum, among others.
Gio Ponti, born 18 November 1891 in Milan, did military service during the First World War in the Pontonier Corps with the rank of captain, from 1916 to 1918, receiving the Bronze Medal and Miliitary Cross. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1921 from the Milan Polytechnic, and set up a studio with the architects Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia in Milan. Later, he went into partnership with Lancia (Studio Ponti e Lancia, PL: 1926-1933); then with the engineers Antonio Fornaroli and Eugenio Soncini (Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Soncini, P.F.S.:1933-1945).
In 1921, Gio Ponti married Giulia Vimercati; they were to have four children and eight grandchildren. From 1923 came his public debut at the first Biennial Exhibition of the Decorative Arts in Monza, which was followed by his involvement in organization of the subsequent Triennial Exhibitions on Monza and Milan. From 1923 to 1930 he worked at the Manifattura Ceramica Richard Ginori, in Milan and Sesto Fiorentino, changing the company's whole output.
In 1928 Ponti founded the magazine Domus. From 1936 to 1961 he was professor on the permanent staff of the Faculty of Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1941 he resigned as editor of the magazine Domus and set up the magazine Stile, which he edited until 1947. In 1948 he returned to Domus, of which he remained the editor until the end of his life.
In 1952 he went into partnership with the architect Alberto Rosselli (Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Rosselli, P.F.R.: 1952-1976); after the death of Rosselli he continued to work with his long time partner Antonio Fornaroli.
Gio Ponti died 16 September, 1979.View other products by Gio Ponti