Poltrona Frau Contract for the Louvre Abu Dhabi

A collection of stripped-back custom seating designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel

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Poltrona Frau Contract for the Louvre Abu Dhabi
06/12/2017 - On 11 November 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened its doors to the public. Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it’s the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that is born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, the museum displays art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance.
Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel

Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed a museum city (Arab medina) under a vast silvery dome of 180 meters’ diameter made up of about 8,000 metallic stars, joined to form a geometric pattern that shades the space below with a suggestive “rain of light” and with pieces of bespoke furniture developed by the Poltrona Frau Contract Division, which worked alongside the designer for years to perfectly bring to life Jean Nouvel’s creative intent for the furniture collection.
 
The furniture collection includes armchairs, stools, tables and double-sided sofa benches for the museum and gel coat tables and benches for the Louvre cafè and restaurant. A total of 177 custom pieces all designed specifically for this project hence fitting perfectly to the environment of the Louvre museum building. The collection comprises a range of seating solutions in leather that take inspiration from the harmonious lines of the profile of the Louvre building on Saadiyat Island, which visitors will be able to use during their visit of the museum to better appreciate the unique museum atmosphere. "Architecture does not stop at the front door," said Nouvel. "The separation between architecture and interior design is artificial: any detail has the potential to disrupt the sense of harmony and destroy meaning."
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

Designed to be "comfortable yet bare ergonomics", the furniture features black leather upholstery with a ribbed pattern that runs across the seats. The seating's frame is made from large pieces of moulded foam, to create a single shape with "tensed curves".
"These long and massive shapes positioned precisely along the walls and slightly staggered emphasise the building's scale and lines of composition," said the French architect.
 
In addition to the main galleries, the museum includes temporary exhibitions, a Children’s museum, a restaurant, a boutique, a café and an auditorium fitted with armchair designed by the Architect and produced by Poltrona Frau Contract Division as well.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji

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