Eastern virtuosity

The inimitable style of Poltrona Frau blends with an oriental touch in the complements of the new 2021 collection

Kyoto by Poltrona Frau, Design Gianfranco Frattini
Kyoto by Poltrona Frau, Design Gianfranco Frattini

The time has come to rediscover quality of life and living spaces. To take back control of a living experience enhanced with a wealth of contents, comforts and functions. It is time, in other words, to See, Feel and Touch, sensations that define and categorize the new offerings of Poltrona Frau. “Take your Time” is not only the name of the 2021 collection. It becomes a sort of message, a manifesto that urges us to bring value to this ‘suspended time’ in which we are immersed by the pandemic, to fill that time with sense, through all the senses. The many proposals of the brand for the living area and bedroom zone are organized around this concept, to achieve a multisensory experience (and at the same time multi-material: alongside the distinctive use of Pelle Frau®, the items also feature fabrics, wood and marble).

All’interno di questa cornice, che dà forma a una nuova collezione e altresì a un nuovo ideale abitativo, si dirama curiosamente un percorso progettuale che, per stile e ispirazione, trae spunto dall’Oriente per fondersi con gli stilemi tipici di Poltrona Frau: molte delle nuove proposte living, infatti, si rifanno a quella armoniosa gestualità e poeticità tipiche del mondo orientale e che con la rinnovata filosofia sensoriale del brand si sposano perfettamente.

Iren by Poltrona Frau, Design Kensaku Oshiro
Iren by Poltrona Frau, Design Kensaku Oshiro

Starting with Iren, the desk designed by Kensaku Oshiro, whose identity relies precisely on the value of gesture: while the term “iren” in Japanese means continuity in the tracing of points, lines and characters, the complement that bears this name connects to the concept of the game of surfaces, where a simple gesture can suffice to make them slide one atop the next, fulfilling multiple functions.

Mi by Poltrona Frau, Design Neri&Hu
Mi by Poltrona Frau, Design Neri&Hu
Mi by Poltrona Frau, Design Neri&Hu
Mi by Poltrona Frau, Design Neri&Hu

Oriental echoes can also be perceived in the Mi storage units: the duo Neri&Hu have worked by subtraction to achieve a balance between essential simplicity and refinement. The line includes a high cabinet with two doors, a low cabinet with four hinged doors, and a trolley on wheels: the red thread is a game of full and empty volumes, lights and shadows, revealing or concealing the objects inside; cowhide returns as a protagonist, now enhanced by a cannetté texture of vertical lines, combined with a metal structure, a raised marble top, and the bronze-tone glass of the upper surface of the cabinet.

The same dualism of full and empty portions is even more striking in the Kyoto table created by the designer Gianfranco Frattini in 1974 (drawing on the mastery observed in workshops he visited in that Japanese city), accurately reissued by Poltrona Frau in 2020: the result is embellished with a new black lacquer open-pore finish of the solid wood, accentuating the perfection of the interlocking workmanship.