2019/1919, Poltrona FrauFrom 1919 to 2019: exactly one hundred years on, a new name, new dimensions and new proportions. Everything about the historic Poltrona Frau capitonné leather model has changed and yet everything remains the same: in collaboration with Roberto Lazzeroni, Poltrona Frau has reinterpreted this timeless classic while maintaining its original spirit.
It is no mean task revisiting an armchair which for a hundred years has embodied the essence of Poltrona Frau: the 1919 was a classic from the get-go, destined to leave an indelible mark. Large, strong, padded by hand, completely upholstered in leather with complex craftsmanship that reaches its apex in the pleated swirls of the armrests and the famous capitonné motif of the backrest.
2019, Poltrona FrauRoberto Lazzeroni approached this design icon with the utmost respect and affection. He observed it from every angle, sitting on it, touching it, getting a feel for it. And he concluded that its proportions were no longer in keeping with the modern-day notion of comfort. The 2019 armchair therefore becomes a new version of the original which maintains all the features that made it famous perfectly intact.
Turner Bookcase, Poltrona FrauAlso new for this year is the reissue of the freestanding Turner swivel bookcase which, created by legendary architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini in 1963. Inspired by the classic English freestanding bookcases, perfect for keeping your most treasured books close by at all times, the Turner swivel bookcase nonetheless boasts a cutting-edge design.
The 3-level supporting structure rises vertically like a building, each floor furnished with grooves that act as rails and enable you to add or remove a series of dividing panels to create different combinations as you desire in an ever-changing game of solids and voids. Poltrona Frau presents the reissue, modernised in terms of its materials but developed with the utmost care and philological respect.
To mark the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Max Huber, Poltrona Frau pays homage to the famous Swiss artist and graphic designer with Billie and Dizzy, a collection of rugs based on drawings of two unproduced works taken from the archive and dating respectively to 1936 and 1947.
Billie, Poltrona FrauThe Billie rug is named after Billie Holiday, one of the most beautiful and soulful jazz voices of the early 20th century. Billie has a rigorous, almost constructivist design that takes up most of the surface of the rug. The graphic is seemingly straightforward, consisting of a few elements highly calibrated in every single detail. Just two graphics on a neutral background: one an intense red, formed by a circle and a vertical line, and the other in anthracite coal grey and made up of two perpendicular lines.
Dizzy, Poltrona FrauThe Dizzy rug is based on a design which stands out for its series of cadenced lines, its rhythm bringing to mind Dizzy Gillespie, one of the inventors of bebop and modern jazz. Dizzy has a motif formed of small broken lines in two different colours positioned both horizontally and vertically. The strokes originate at the centre of the rug and form a radial effect stretching towards the external edge, gradually becoming longer and thinner.
Get Back, Poltrona FrauAmong the novelties of 2019 collection, the Get Back seating system by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, a welcoming space painstakingly designed down to the finest of details and informal only in appearance. A haven of relaxation every evening. Or the Martha armchair by Roberto Lazzeroni which, with its open and sinuous lines, achieves the difficult task of combining comfort and lightness.
Coupè, Poltrona FrauIn the Rips vase-sculpture by Carina Seth Andersson, the minimalism of the Nordic design merges harmoniously with the material lightness of the glass blown by Venetian masters. Meanwhile, new interpretations of contemporary luxury are expressed by GamFratesi’s Coupé, a bed which, as its name and aerodynamic lines suggest, pays homage to the classic padded elegance of the great sports cars. And by the Grant system of poufs, designed by Tristan Auer in different configurations, inspired by an ironic and faintly nostalgic blend of retro touches that evoke a stylistic and existential golden age.
Archibald, Poltrona FrauPoltrona Frau presents numerous extensions to its range covering all types of furniture, from the Clayton bench and armchair to the Archibald chair, all of which designed by Jean-Marie Massaud. From the Xi lamps by Neri&Hu and the Soffi lamps by GamFratesi, to the Bolero Ravel table by Roberto Lazzeroni, who also designs the console table for the Fidelio collection. Meanwhile, the series of Zhuang object-containers by Neri&Hu is enriched with the office desk set.
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