Officially called “model 904” but known, since 1984, as Vanity Fair, over time this seat has become the emblem of Poltrona Frau. It is thought that the project, which first went into production in 1930, was developed on the basis of designs that Renzo Frau left his wife, Savina.
The deliberately volumetric configuration of the Vanity Fair armchair saw it become one of the universal icons of Italian design. Also available in a “baby” version, exactly two thirds the size of the original, Vanity Fair is also a comfortable pouf. The supporting structure of the Vanity Fair armchair is made from solid seasoned beech. The padding uses both hand-shaped vegetable horsehair and rubberised horsehair and the seat cushion is in goose down. The seat, backrest and armrest spring system consists of hand-tied steel biconical springs attached to jute belts. A row of leather-covered pins refines the back and sides of the armchair. The upholstery is available in Pelle Frau® leather or fabric. Numbered edition series with a 24kt gold-plated label.
Lorenzo Frau, known as ‘Renzo’, was born in Cagliari in 1881. He left Sardinia for military service in Milan, which he completed successfully earning the title of lieutenant. He married Savina Pisati and moved to Turin, at the time a real hub of Italian culture.