Question: What happens when a furniture manufacturer and superyacht design brand come together for a collaboration? The answer: Collezione La Selle. Poltrona Frau and Winch Design have released the first two pieces in the collection, a dining chair and lounge chair made with a slatted walnut frame, saddle hide leather, and cushions in upholstery leather. The design of both chairs brings together English heritage, Windsor chairs, and traditional saddlery.
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Winch Design’s Senior Furniture and Product Design Lead, Michael Noah, spent time with a saddle maker, then incorporated some of those references into the designs. Equestrian design can be found across many industries, in this case the seat pad references saddle construction and the strap detailing, contrast stitching, stud details, and saddle bag pocket enhance the aesthetic. These details were brought to life by Poltrona Frau’s artisans, translated to work in today’s interiors. You’ll notice more equestrian elements in the construction of the chairs’ frames, which use dowels that reference stable doors. Designs can be customized in different colors and woods to create a truly unique feel.
“The design is timeless. The shapes are characterized by the softest leather, moulded and sewn to give a tailored look, and allowing them to acquire character through use and aging. The seats reflect the innovative study and careful consideration of ergonomics, comfort, and the longevity of products that characterizes our studio,” said Michael Noah, Senior Furniture and Product Design Lead at Winch Design.
By bringing the bespoke design of Winch Design and craftsmanship and capabilities of Poltrona Frau together, they’ve created a collection that includes British heritage as well as high level international design.