17 May 2012
Benjamin Hubert’s Juliet chair is the winning design of Poltrona Frau’s hundredth birthday International Design Competition to find Poltrona Frau’s Centenary Armchair.
The objective of the competition was to use the traditional upholstery techniques under the theme ‘a chair to spend time in’ and the pieces are judged under the categories of formal appearance, representation of the given theme, use and interpretation of leather and comfort.
Juliet stood out from eleven other designs, which included those from Nendo, Stephan Burks, Nika Zupanc, Constance Guisset and Daphna Laurens. It won over the hearts of judges with its design inspiration, which was used to communicate the characteristics of leather upholstery.
The outside of the chair utilises the flexibility and tensile strength of leather to describe a fluted traditional timber frame work where the shape of the timber can clearly be seen through the tight leather covering. This is contrasted by a ‘tri-pleated’ generous sitting area with a soft and loose appearance.
The Juliet Chair was launched at this year’s Salone Del Mobile as Poltrona Frau’s iconic limited edition collection as it aptly represents its company’s history and future.
It is inspired by the Juliet Sleeve which tightly fits the arm and has a large and yet graceful ‘puff’ constructed on the shoulders. The Juliet Sleeve was very fashionable in the 1980s and has its name from Shakespeare’s very well-known tragic heroine in his famous play Romeo and Juliet (: