Marvelous Makeover for Poltrona Frau’s Iconic Archibald Armchair

Marvelous Makeover for Poltrona Frau’s Iconic Archibald Armchair

What do you get when you combine a seminal piece from Jean-Marie Massaud with a milestone for an esteemed brand and the electric aesthetic of a visionary artist?

Archibald Chair side view with art on wall behind

The answer is Archibald Limited Edition, a contemporary re-working of Massaud's classic leather chair, with the purpose and panache of Felipe Pantone, an Argentine-Spanish artist known for frescoes, murals, paintings, and sculptures that "blend an analog past and a digitized future."

Archibald chair side view with curtains in background

The result is Pantone-esque indeed. The limited edition chair (Poltrona Frau is releasing 110 of them in line with the brand's 110th anniversary) is multi-hued and multifarious, the intense coloration and digitized design cohering into a strange, fascinating, and luminous piece: "a mesmerizing pattern with a gradient grid of reds, oranges, yellows, whites, and blues resembling the cool and warm temperatures of a heat map."

Archibald chair rear view

Archibald Limited Edition also showcases Poltrona Frau's efforts towards sustainability. The chair's upholstery is the brand's patented Colorsphere Impact Less Leather, a chromium-free formulation that uses cleaner water (and less of it) as well as fewer chemical components in its manufacture.

Archibald chair armrest and leather detail

The limited-edition chairs will be offered via Poltrona Frau's e-commerce channel, flagship stores, and select dealers beginning now through Milan Design Week, June 7-12. Archibald Limited Edition will also be onsite at the show alongside a digital installation and mural display by artist Pantone.

Archibald chair commemorative plaque view

Read the whole press release here and find out more at Poltrona Frau.

Posted April 5, 2022 by Joseph Starr

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