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Renzo Frau

Lorenzo Frau, known as ‘Renzo’, was born in Cagliari in 1881. He left Sardinia for military service in Milan, which he completed successfully earning the title of lieutenant. He married Savina Pisati and moved to Turin, at the time a real hub of Italian culture. He initially worked as a sales representative for Gribaudi and then for Dermoide Patent, manufacturer of faux leather. Having moved to Great Britain for work, he was able to discover the Chesterfield model armchairs and immediately imagined its potential, successfully starting to import it into Italy. At the same time, however, he was also attracted by the models of French and Central European style. He therefore decided to create his own artisan production laboratory. It was 1912: Poltrona Frau was created. From the initial work ‘in style’, Frau quickly moved onto direct design. Poltrona Frau became not only a production pole, but also a meeting point for artists and intellectuals. Renzo Frau used these relations to consolidate the brand image: successful models ensued quickly, one after the other. As the First World War broke out, Frau was called to fight for his country and his wife Savina bravely took up the reins of the company. Frau’s armchairs thus began entering the most important buildings, also used by the royal family. Renzo Frau met an early death in 1926. He left an extensive archive of projects that would allow his wife to coherently pursue Poltrona Frau production in the years to come.

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1919 Armchair - Poltrona Frau

1919 by Poltrona Frau takes its cue from model 128, which made its debut in Renzo Frau’s 1919 catalogue. The 128 reproduced the opulent features of rococo armchairs.
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CHESTER 2 seater sofa - Poltrona Frau

The Chester 2 seater sofa by Poltrona Frau evokes the classical armchair model of King Edward’s times, which Renzo Frau reproduced for Poltrona Frau’s first catalogue in 1912, drawing inspiration from the sofas and armchairs that populated the English clubs and country houses of the time.
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CHESTER 3 seater sofa - Poltrona Frau

The Chester 3 seater sofa by Poltrona Frau evokes the classical armchair model of King Edward’s times, which Renzo Frau reproduced for Poltrona Frau’s first catalogue in 1912, drawing inspiration from the sofas and armchairs that populated the English clubs and country houses of the time.
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CHESTER 3 seater sofa two cushions - Poltrona Frau

The Chester 3 seater sofa by Poltrona Frau evokes the classical armchair model of King Edward’s times, which Renzo Frau reproduced for Poltrona Frau’s first catalogue in 1912, drawing inspiration from the sofas and armchairs that populated the English clubs and country houses of the time.
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CHESTER LINE Modular sofa - Poltrona Frau

CHESTER LINE Modular sofa by Poltrona Frau maintains the impeccable elegance and iconic workings of its predecessor: the capitonné, stitching with buttons, and spiral on the armrest. But in updating itself to contemporary habits and ways of living the home, it lightens up, breaks up and multiplies in its opened and closed combinations.

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CHESTER ONE Sofa - Poltrona Frau

Chester is also Chester One by Poltrona Frau. An extra six inches of depth for an even more comfortable seat, and a fresh, practical elegance that keeps this classic model abreast of the times.
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CHESTER ONE Armchair - Poltrona Frau

Chester is also Chester One armchair by Poltrona Frau. An extra six inches of depth for an even more comfortable seat; and a fresh, practical elegance that keeps this classic model abreast of the times.
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CHESTER ONE Pouf - Poltrona Frau

The CHESTER ONE pouf by Poltrona Frau. The craftsmanship handed down from generation to recognize the tufted back and arms with a series of leather-covered nails to finish the back with an elegance and timeless luxury.
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CHESTER Ottoman - Poltrona Frau

The Chester ottoman by Poltrona Frau evokes the classical armchair model of King Edward’s times, which Renzo Frau reproduced for Poltrona Frau’s first catalogue in 1912, drawing inspiration from the sofas and armchairs that populated the English clubs and country houses of the time.
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CLUB Armchair - Poltrona Frau

From the historical Poltrona Frau archives comes the classic Club armchair, in a lighter and more versatile version. A very comfortable chair of small dimensions, it fits easily into any space.
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DON'DO Armchair - Poltrona Frau

Don’do is Poltrona Frau’s first rocking chair. It is a contemporary reinterpretation of a leisure-time classic, updated with a focus on comfort and style that provides this traditional symbol of relaxation with a distinctively modern feel.
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FUMOIR Armchair - Poltrona Frau

Fumoir armchair by Poltrona Frau reproposes the stylish living room furnishings, exemplified by models 118 and 518, that appeared in Poltrona Frau's catalogue of the Twenties.
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LYRA Armchair - Poltrona Frau

The LYRA armchair by Poltrona Frau has a rounded seatback and finishing by means of a row of leather-covered nails, which were the formal traits of Victorian living room furniture, combined with the other comfort-making features of these armchairs: deep seat, comfortable arms, a plush cushion filled with goose down.
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NEW DEAL Armchair - Poltrona Frau

NEW DEAL Armchair by Poltrona Frau: a great classic in a re-edition of the no. 904 model from 1930.
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VANITY FAIR Armchair - Poltrona Frau

The Vanity Fair by Poltrona Frau armchair was first produced in 1930. Over time this armchair has become the very emblem of Poltrona Frau.
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VANITY FAIR Ottoman - Poltrona Frau

The Vanity Fair ottoman by Poltrona Frau was first produced in 1930. Over time this armchair has become the very emblem of Poltrona Frau.
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VESTA Dormeuse - Poltrona Frau

The modern elegance of leather renews the classic features of a stylised dormeuse. The lines are reminiscent of times past, combining soft, rounded shapes.
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