ARCHIBALD ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION By Poltrona Frau
Made in just 110 pieces to celebrate Poltrona Frau's 110th anniversary, the Archibald Limited Anniversary Edition is a new interpretation of the iconic Archibald armchair by the visual artist Felipe Pantone.
It is an unexpected blend of Poltrona Frau's heritage and manual expertise and the Argentine-Spanish street artist's optical and digital language, vibrant with colours. Inspired by the ColorSphere® palette, Felipe Pantone creates a pattern that blurs the contours and brings the leather surface of the armchair to life. The simple balance of form and the timeless elegance of Archibald are transposed into an ultramodern style.
Archibald, designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, is a wide and deep armchair with a steel structure, padded with moulded polyurethane foam and polyester wadding for greater comfort. It is distinguished by the pleasantly textured leather upholstery and the folded armrests that resemble a shirt collar. Thanks to a process of digital printing on the leather, usually reserved for small luxury leather goods, Felipe Pantone's artwork gives the upholstery a nuanced palette of reds, oranges, yellows, whites and blues reminiscent of the hot and cold temperatures of a heat map. The upholstery is in Pelle Frau® ColorSphere® Impact Less, the innovative leather tanned with sustainable components and without the use of chrome for a reduced environmental impact.
To emphasize the chromatic vibe of the surface, the base, characterised by four die-cast aluminium feet and a steel frame, has a multicolour chrome finish: a special iridescent paint treatment in colours and light, which gives a brilliant purplish-blue shade. A brass plaque, in the same finish as the base, bears the artist's signature and the words “ONE OF 110”. In addition, every Archibald Limited Anniversary Edition comes with a specific cleaning kit and an exclusive clutch, made in the same multicoloured leather as the upholstery and containing the certificate of authenticity of the product signed by the artist.
To celebrate this special collaboration, Archibald Limited Anniversary Edition is also available in a miniature size, still upholstered in the same Pelle Frau® ColorSphere® Impact Less leather and made with the same care and attention to detail as the original version.
Archibald invites you in to mediate and relax. The icon chair created by Jean-Marie Massaud today goes royal: Archibald King is here. Important, majestic, fit for royalty. A distinguishing large headrest takes up on the elegant folds of the backrest featured throughout the collection. Thus the pleasantly undulating leather is embellished along the edges and external surfaces of the upholstery with contrast stitching, giving it a refined, elegant appeal.
The frame of the backrest and seat is in steel with moulded polyurethane foam padding, and shaped foam with polyester wadding in the zones where more comfort is needed. Springing is obtained from elastic belts and the base is made up of four feet in cast aluminium with a tubular steel frame in a gunmetal grey finish. The upholstery is in Pelle Frau® leather.