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Poltrona Frau has been a leader in the world of Made in Italy furnishings since 1912.

Having celebrated 110 years in business this year, Poltrana Frau’s story begins in 1912, when Renzo Frau set up the business in Turin. The name combines the Italian word for armchair, poltrona, and the founder’s surname. By 1926, the company had already made a name for itself with its exquisite handmade leather upholstery: Italy’s royal family, the Savoia dynasty, chose them as an official supplier. Just two years later, the brand reached further milestones, furnishing the interiors of the 1928 Expo in Turin and Italy’s transatlantic cruiser, the Rex ocean liner.

Starting out with traditional designs, including Chesterfield styles, the manufacturer soon ventured into making modern pieces. In 1930, Poltrona Frau introduced the art-deco-influenced Vanity Fair armchair, which is still in production today. 

In 1962, the business moved its headquarters to Tolentino in Central Italy, a region that’s long been a centre of tanning workshops. In the same decade, the brand started inviting contemporary designers, architects and creatives to develop pieces for the collection. These included Italian mid-century icons like Gio Ponti, who came up in 1963 with the Dezza armchair, and architect Mario Marenco. More recently, design A-listers, including Peter Marino, Neri+Hu, Jean-Marie Massaud, GamFratesi, and Ludovica + Roberto Palomba have worked with Poltrona Frau. 

Then and now, most products incorporate the brand’s soft leather. Named Pelle Frau, Poltrona Frau makes these soft skins in tanneries involving a 21-step process. Every single layer is dyed completely, ensuring a long life as no scratch will uncover a white lining. The bovine hides are sourced mainly from Europe. It is always full grain, the most precious and hard-wearing layer of the bovine dermis. 

In addition to producing furniture and lighting, the company also fits out yachts, planes and helicopters with this exceptional leather. Poltrona Frau runs an onsite research facility in Tolentino, where experts test prototypes and new manufacturing methods – and ensure that the brand keeps evolving and innovating.   

All products by Poltrona Frau

Ply Blue Rug Blue
Ply Blue Rug
5321 Table Lamp
5321 Table Lamp
Linear Table Lamp Metal Black
Linear Table Lamp
IOI Round Wall Mirror
IOI Round Wall Mirror
Backstitch Busy Rug Busy Brick, Medium
Backstitch Busy Rug
Curt Modular Sofa Flexible bench, Jet - 9803
Curt Modular Sofa
9602 Floor Lamp Wicker Willow
9602 Floor Lamp
Ply Pink Rug Pink
Ply Pink Rug
Ghost Pendant Light
Ghost Pendant Light
Crystal Rug Red - Crystal
Crystal Rug
Aaram Bar Cabinet Natural Ash
Kam Ce Kam
Aaram Bar Cabinet
Degrade Rug Petrol-Wine, 170 x 240cm
Degrade Rug
Aura Pendant Light Resin Rose
Established & Sons
Aura Pendant Light
Akira Writing Desk 27 Grey White, Desktop with shelves colour - 27 Grey White
Akira Writing Desk
Around Colours Oval Rug
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Oval Rug
Solid Conference Table White Steel, Premium and wood lacquers 642L
Andreu World
Solid Conference Table
Around Colours Rectangular Rug Yellow
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Rectangular Rug
Fat Chaise Longue Right, Hero 991
Tom Dixon
Fat Chaise Longue
PH Septima Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen
PH Septima Pendant Light
Bit Stool Cone Black White Multi
Normann Copenhagen
Bit Stool Cone
Bit Stool Plastic Black Multy
Normann Copenhagen
Bit Stool
Lato LN8 Side Table Warm black/Emparador marble
Lato LN8 Side Table
Gear Coffee Table Concrete - Chalk
Gear Coffee Table
Nerd Barstool Wood Black, Steel foot protection - None
Nerd Barstool
Click Sunrocker Dark Grey
Click Sunrocker
Gear Side Table
Gear Side Table
Turn Table Black Powder Coated
Normann Copenhagen
Turn Table
Vertigo Pendant Light Vertigo Black, Small
Petite Friture
Vertigo Pendant Light
Insert Coffee Table Natural Ash
Insert Coffee Table
Copenhagen SC14 Floor Lamp
Copenhagen SC14 Floor Lamp
Hippo Lounge Natural Oak, Fiord 101
Hippo Lounge
Atlas Coffee Table Unfilled Travertine, 32 x 60 x 60cm
New Works
Atlas Coffee Table
Cosy Curve Module Sofa Anthracite Grey/Light Blue R847 Col. 08, 205cm
MDF Italia
Cosy Curve Module Sofa
Desert Cushion PES Olive
Desert Cushion