In 1958 Gio Ponti was enlisted to design the auditorium for the Time&Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas in New York. The building housed the headquarters of Time Inc., publisher of influential, historical magazines such as Time, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated. This was Ponti’s most prestigious project in New York. The D.859.1 table, designed primarily as a meeting table for up to ten people, stands out among the auditorium furnishings not only for its impressive size—over 3,60 meters long—but especially for its simple yet refined design. The legs are notable for their fine-membered modernity, creating a trapezoidal single-span bridge upon which the large tapered top conveys the idea of aerodynamics. Molteni makes every effort, by running scrupulous checks on each item, to keep the original characteristics of the woods employed pristinely intact - homogeneity of surface, warmth and colour. It should be borne in mind, nonetheless, that when natural raw material is used, these characteristics cannot always be guaranteed for every part of a furniture piece. That’s why you may find veinings or chromatic shadings in various parts that are not perfectly homogeneous. These characteristics should not be considered a defect, but rather proof that the material used is the genuine article - real wood. All parts in wood (heartwood or veneer) are painted or varnished in an opaque, transparent, polyurethanic or acrylic finish. Products used for painting or varnishing contain no formaldehyde, their composition being such that they have been classified non-toxic. These products are, moreover, free of the heavy metals mentioned in European specification EN71, part 3, 1988.
USE AND MAINTENANCE
The product is destined for use inside homes as a place to set lightweight objects. The table top is not to be considered as a worktop of any type. Do not sit on the top or stand on it with your feet. Do not place heavy objects on the table that could damage it or cause it to tip over. Load weight uniformly. Avoid performing maintenance on components of the table. Call the dealer if necessary. Avoid allowing water and other liquids to remain in contact with the surface, even for short periods of time. The edges must not be placed near heat sources warmer than 45°C. The presence of particular odours emitted from the product when the packaging is removed is not hazardous and disappears gradually as the room is aired out.
THE TABLE MUST BE MOVED BY GRIPPING THE SOLID WOOD STRUCTURE AND LIFTING IT COMPLETELY. IF NOT PERFORMED CORRECTLY, MOVING COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE TOP OR THE STRUCTURE.
MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN PARTS
For everyday maintenance dust with a soft dry cloth. For greasy, oily marks (fingerprints) we advise cleaning the surface with alcohol diluted in water, drying immediately with a soft cloth. Products containing acetone, bleach and solvents should be avoided, as should abrasive products, furniture wax and hard fibre cloths (linen and synthetics) which could ruin and/or scratch surfaces. All these operations should be carried out with great care, avoiding heavy pressure. Exposure to direct sunlight can alter the paint and wood colour.
MAINTENANCE OF METAL PARTS
In order to maintain the aesthetic characteristics of these finishes over time and avoid rust, regular, methodical and meticulous cleaning is necessary. For everyday maintenance, dust with a soft dry cloth. For greasy oily marks (fingerprints) we advise cleaning the surfaces with normal liquid detergents for glass. Products containing solvents and/or alcohol and hard fibre cloths (linen and synthetics) should be avoided, as they could ruin and/or scratch surfaces. The surfaces can be periodically treated with specific cleaning/polishing products for metals (brass).
Once discarded, neither the product nor its components should be dispersed in the environment, but rather consigned to public disposal systems.