Poltrona Frau (1912-1960)- (1962-to present)
The Chester Armchair and Sofa looks back to the classical armchairs of Edwardıan England’s clubs and country houses for its inspiration. First of all, design strips away all unnecessary materials and decoration to focus exclusively on the fabric, structure, and construction of the chair. second, The leather covering is folded into a series of pleats, or plisses, on the bulbous arms to create the range’s trademark look.
CHESTER, Poltrona Frau’s, hand-moulded, Chesterfield, Designer,
The backrest and arms are hand-quilted to create the distinctive Chesterfield diamond-pattern motif. and the upholstery and construction are equally important. A suspension system of steel springs. which are tied by hand on jute belts, helps create the structure and shaping for the hand-moulded horsehair padding. ensuring the correct amount of weight absorption and very small movement of the seat.
The result is a sofa whose contours are perfectly attuned to the human body. Such attention to details makes the Chester an enduring design; every element of it – from its solid, seasoned beech wood frame to its goose feather filled seat cushions and hand-selected hides cut with a shoemaker’s knife – is lovingly crafted. The Chester consistently remained Poltrona Frau’s
A deep seat makes this very comfortable for those with long legs. The back and seat are fully sprung and the seat has a chambered feather and down cushion.Chester evokes the classical armchair model of King Edward’s times, which Renzo Frau reproduced for Poltrona Frau’s first catalog in 1912, drawing inspiration from the sofas and armchairs that populated the English clubs and country houses of the time.