The Chester sofa celebrates the classic model of Edwardian England, revisited by Renzo Frau in the first catalogue in 1912 and inspired by the sofas and armchairs that populated English clubs and country houses at that time.
One of the icons of the Poltrona Frau brand ever since, Chester stands out for its pleated armrests, an appropriate finishing touch for the rich capitonné processing of the leather, carried out entirely by hand. The Chester’s spring system consists of steel biconical springs, positioned by hand and attached to jute belts on a supporting structure of seasoned beechwood. The seat is padded with rubberised horsehair while the backrest and armrests are in hand-shaped vegetable horsehair. The seat cushions are in goose down. The feet can be spherical or high with finishes in beech with dark walnut stain or lacquered black beech. They are also available in leather-covered wood.
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.