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Poltrona Frau

If an Italian soldier named Renzo Frau had never traveled to Great Britain and set eyes on a Chesterfield armchair, it is unlikely that legendary handcrafted furniture maker Poltrona Frau and its classic sofas, armchairs and vanities would exist today.

Upon completing his service in the Italian army during the early 1900s, the Sardinian-born Frau worked for faux leather manufacturing company Dermoide Patent in Turin. While at the firm, he was sent to England, where he became enamored with leather Chesterfield armchairs. Intrigued and inspired by their rolled arms and tall, imposing profile, Frau returned to Turin, where he started his own leather-upholstered furniture company, Poltrona Frau, in 1912. He began to import the sumptuous Edwardian seating for the high-end domestic market. 

Frau made slight modifications to the English seat that he’d so admired, and among Poltrona Frau’s first successful designs was an iconic armchair in 1919 appropriately called the Chester. Believed to have been custom-made for Filiberto Ludovico of Savoy, Duke of Pistoia, the Chester reflected the era’s emerging Art Deco style. Frau’s chair was comfortable and functional, and he implemented the traditional upholstery technique capitonné, which refers to stuffing that is buttoned. The Chester featured a pouf and an arm that was possibly included to hold the Duke’s ashtray. The seat’s high-quality craftsmanship and integration of exquisite full-grain leather made it covetable among Italy’s elite.

When Renzo Frau died in 1926, Poltrona Frau was appointed furniture supplier to Italy’s royal family. The company furnished grand hotels, designed the interiors for Expo Turin 1928 and outfitted an Italian transatlantic ocean liner. 

For more than a century, Poltrona Frau has collaborated with hundreds of leading architects and designers from around the world. It issued such iconic mid-century modern pieces as Gio Ponti’s Dezza armchair, the 1960s-era Dilly Dally vanity by Italian designer Luigi Massoni, stackable tubular steel Movie armchairs by Italian architect Mario Marenco and French architect Jean-Marie Massaud’s sleek, angular Kennedee office sofa.

Poltrona Frau has established showrooms all over the world and creates interiors for Italian automotive brands Maserati and Ferrari. The company is owned by Haworth and continues to introduce innovative, handmade home furnishings while occasionally gazing back into time — its Chester line, a modular seating system by Poltrona Frau CEO Nicola Coropulis and Roberto Lazzeroni, is a contemporary interpretation of the founder’s original Chesterfield-style seating.

Find vintage Poltrona Frau club chairs, coffee tables, desks and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau 'Lullaby Due' Bed in Faux Snake Leather
By Poltrona Frau, Luigi Massoni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau, 'Lullaby Due' bed, leather, wood, chromed steel, faux-snake leather, faux leather, Italy, designed in 1968 Stunning 'Lullaby Due' bed by Luigi Masso...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltrona Frau

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Chrome, Steel

Leather Pot Large Glass Vase Covered in Nest Leather Colour Salgemma 'Rock Salt'
By Poltrona Frau
Located in New York, NY
Leather pot is a transparent glass and soft leather for a family of open vases that can be mixed and matched or used on their own. The Leather Pot vases collection, designed by Poltr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltrona Frau

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Leather, Glass

Downtown President Office Chair Genuine Leather Pelle SC 66 India Light Brown
By Poltrona Frau, Jean-Marie Massaud
Located in New York, NY
Competent, elegant, timeless… the DownTown chair is for demanding decision-makers looking for comfort and sophistication. A sleek technical seat handcra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltrona Frau

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Aluminum

Archibald Gran Comfort Genuine Leather Armchair Pelle Safari Elefante Grey
By Poltrona Frau, Jean-Marie Massaud
Located in New York, NY
Jean-Marie Massaud adds a surplus of softness to the Archibald collection: the Archibald Gran Comfort armchair. The central element is the large, soft s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltrona Frau

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Metal

Zhuang, Oval Tray in Saddle Extra Leather Camel
By Poltrona Frau, Neri & Hu
Located in New York, NY
In Chinese ‘zhuang’ means to protect something precious. The collection of Zhuang containers designed by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau consists of a series of of small treasure chests with a minimalist and ultra contemporary design. All containers in the Zhuang collection are made from solid Canaletto walnut, carved from a single piece by numerically controlled machinery and finished with a Cuoio Saddle Extra leather belt. The saddle-leather is embellished with very fine stitching with slightly contrasting yarn and the branded Poltrona Frau logo. The Zhuang oval tray...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltrona Frau

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Leather, Walnut

20th Century Luigi Massoni Poltrona Frau Dilly Dally Vanity Dressing Table, 60s
By Luigi Massoni, Poltrona Frau
Located in Turin, Turin
Dressing table model Dilly Dally designed by Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau in 1960s. The dressing table is composed of two pieces, one round armchair (which alone measures 70 x 65 x 60 cm) and the table itself with space for accessories and a round mirror. It has a wooden structure with faux leather upholstery, chrome metal, mirrored crystal and Abs. The upholstery is completely restored in light brown faux leather and in good condition. The two pieces can be easily moved thanks to wheels. Presence of the original brand mark as shown in photos. Published in: - Domus n. 466, settembre 1968; - Domus n. 488, luglio 1970, p. 40; - G. Gramigna, Repertorio del design italiano...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltrona Frau

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Faux Leather, Mirror

1970's Italy Vintage Poltrona Frau Arm Chair in Shearling
By Poltrona Frau
Located in Aspen, CO
Italian 1970's Vintage Poltrona Frau Arm Chair with Unique Detail Restored & Reupholstered in Shearling.
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1970s Italian Vintage Poltrona Frau

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Metal

Poltrona Frau Petronio Sofa
By Poltrona Frau
Located in Dronten, NL
Distinctive Poltrona Frau Petronio sofa from the premium collection in the late 1970s. This super comfortable down-filled 2-seater is upholstered i...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltrona Frau

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Leather, Beech

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H 28.35 in W 74.81 in D 37.41 in
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Poltrona Frau furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of animal skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Poltrona Frau furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 82 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 88 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Poltrona Frau were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Artefatto Design Studio, Secolo, and Giorgetti S.p.A.. Prices for Poltrona Frau furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $180 and can go as high as $27,480, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,120.
Questions About Poltrona Frau
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Poltrona Frau is a furniture-maker in Turin Italy that has a special technique it uses to craft durable leather. Leather made by Poltrona Frau goes through a 21-step tanning process, which is much more than standard practice. The full-grain leather is dyed through so a scratch will not reveal a different hue underneath. Its estimated that 95% of the company's products are made by hand to ensure superior quality. Shop a collection of Poltrona Frau furniture from some of the worlds top sellers on 1stDibs.

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