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POLTRONA FRAU

Brands

Luxury Leather Furniture

Poltrona Frau is an Italian furniture maker that specializes in luxury leather seating for interiors. Founder Lorenzo Frau set up shop in Turin in 1912 after seeing Chesterfield sofas in England and imagining their success in Italy. In less than two decades, Poltrona Frau was furnishing the most important interiors in Italy, including the residences of the Italian Royal Family, the interior spaces of Expo Turin 1928, and the lavish transatlantic Rex, the pride of the Italian Navy. By the 1930s, the furniture company was a status symbol.

In 1962, after the acquisition by the Nazareno Gabrielli group, Poltrana Frau moved to Tolentino in the Marche region of central Italy, an area with a strong reputation for leather manufacturing. It was in Marche that Poltrona Frau found a caliber of workshops with the expertise and the technical skills for selecting and working leather to the company’s exacting standards. It is those standards, together with Italian creativity, that makes Poltrona Frau so admired around the world today.

Over the last 100 years, Poltrana Frau has taken great care to preserve and hand down the entrepreneurial genius of Renzo Frau. The brand’s comprehensive knowledge of their roots, together with their capacity for interpreting contemporary life, is what has made this modern furniture company such a standout in the world of interior design.
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Jean-Marie Massaud, Roberto Lazzeroni, et al

Poltrona Frau Designers

The story of Poltrona Frau is also the story of the numerous international architects and designers who have worked with the company: Gae Aulenti, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Rodolfo Dordoni, Roberto Lazzeroni, Jean-Marie Massaud, Paola Navone, Jean Nouvel, Pininfarina, Gio Ponti, Ferdinand A. Porsche, Andrée Putman, Gastone Rinaldi, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Marco Zanuso, and many more.

This broad collaboration with architects and designers is a source of great pride for Poltrana Frau—a way of opening up to different visions of design and embracing new ideas and new challenges. It’s a system of shared values underpinned by a design culture that relies on intelligence to meet the needs of contemporary life. And the system works; Poltrana Frau designs have become true classics, from the Chester sofa to the unforgettable Vanity Fair armchair.

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A blend of expert craftsmanship, sustainability, and sartorial savoir faire — meet Poltrona Frau.

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