luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau
all images courtesy AUDI AG

 

 

 

premium furniture producer poltrona frau has collaborated with walter de silva, head of volkswagen group design, and the AUDI concept design studio in munich to create the ‘luft’ armchair, presented earlier this week at its showroom in milan. ‘the unique thing about this project is the fusion of poltrona frau’s invaluable handcrafting expertise with the research, the experimental approach and the conceptual methods of AUDI design,’ explains de silva. the curved aluminum element – symbolizing AUDI lightweight construction – appears to float in space, tracing the contour of the chair from its backrest to its feet, while also serving as its base. ‘in the picture of a chair, I see order and discipline – an armchair, on the other hand, suggests precisely the relaxation that I’m longing for at the end of a long day of work,’ he adds. upholstered in supple ‘pelle frau’ leather, the seating piece finds balance in the juxtaposition between the metal framework’s technical aesthetic and the extended, bird-like silhouette.

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

front view

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

3/4 front view

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

side view

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

3/4 rear view

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

rear view

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

making of ‘luft’

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

hand crafting the aluminum framework

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

chair prototypes at the AUDI concept design studio

 

 

luft armchair by AUDI concept design studio for poltrona frau

walter de silva, head of volkswagen group design testing the chair