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Poltrona Frau Contract for the Louvre Abu Dhabi 11/11/2017
On 11 November 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened its doors to the public. Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it’s the first museum of its kind in the Arab world.
Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed a museum city (Arab medina) under a vast silvery dome of 180 meters’ diameter made up of about 8,000 metallic stars, joined to form a geometric pattern that shades the space below with a suggestive “rain of light” and with pieces of bespoke furniture developed by the Poltrona Frau Contract Division, which worked alongside the designer for years to perfectly bring to life Jean Nouvel’s creative intent for the furniture collection.
The furniture collection includes armchairs, stools, tables and double-sided sofa benches for the museum and gel coat tables and benches for the Louvre cafè and restaurant. A total of 177 custom pieces all designed specifically for this project hence fitting perfectly to the environment of the Louvre museum building. The collection comprises a range of seating solutions in leather that take inspiration from the harmonious lines of the profile of the Louvre building on Saadiyat Island, which visitors will be able to use during their visit of the museum to better appreciate the unique museum atmosphere.
Poltrona Frau for the Elbphilharmonie 11/01/2017

The Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, will be inaugurated on 11 and 12 January 2017. Even now, the Elbphilharmonie is considered to be Hamburg’s new landmark.
Poltrona Frau Contract has furnished 2,100 seats for the Grand Hall, the main concert hall.
The Elbphilharmonie consists of two historically and esthetically diverging elements that blend old and new in a fascinating way. The mid-1960s-built, red-brick warehouse is crowned with a mesmerizing glass construction that mirrors the river Elbe, the sky, the harbour and the inner city in ever-changing light.
The building houses three auditoria, a hotel and 45 private apartments.
The Grand Hall, situated at a height of 50 metres above ground level, is the heart of the building. The design is unique: it follows the vineyard design, with the stage in the middle of the auditorium and rows of seats rising up in steep tiers around it.
The Grand Hall provides an excellent listening experience from every seat. And with no seat being further away than 30 metres from the conductor it has, in all its grandeur, a surprising intimacy.


Poltrona Frau for Catania Fontanarossa airport 08/06/2016
International passengers in transit at Catania Fontanarossa airport can enjoy all the glamour of a comfortable wait thanks to Poltrona Frau. All the waiting and departure, arrivals and baggage claim areas have been furnished with modular elements from the Onda Airport collection designed by architects Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The refurbishment and expansion plan for the airport’s lounges has included a total of 864 seats.

Poltrona Frau for the new lounges Casa Alitalia 06/06/2016
Poltrona Frau for the new Casa Alitalia flagship lounges. Opening ceremonies held to present the first two Casa Alitalia lounges at Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino
The first two Casa Alitalia flagship lounges were opened to the public today: Poltrona Frau, through its Contract Division, supplied made-to-measure furniture and items from its collection as part of a project signed by the architect Marco Piva.

The Casa Alitalia lounges represent the tip of the diamond of the recent relaunch of the national company and to develop them Alitalia, faithful to its vocation as the global ambassador of the best of ‘Made in Italy’, turned to Poltrona Frau, the epitome of Italian style and beauty.
Home Theater 12/04/2016

Poltrona Frau Contract presents its HOME THEATER collection: STANLEY, BRANDO, TAYLOR and ODEON: 4 armchairs designed for furnishing private cinemas, projecton rooms, clubs and lounges in the most exclusive location. The event will take place at Franco Parenti Theater with an interview with the designer Adam D. Tihany that have signed the STANLEY armchair.

Cassina Contract furnishings for the Room Mate Giulia hotel, Milan 16/03/2016
In the centre of Milan, this 85-room hotel was designed by Patricia Urquiola, Art Director at Cassina.
Cassina Contract worked alongside the architect, coordinating the furnishing project for the rooms and public areas and providing tailor-made furnishings characterised by their high quality, creativity and refined materials
Poltrona Frau @ Passenger Terminal Expo 2016 15/03/2016
15-17th of March, Cologne. Poltrona Frau Contract joins Passenger Terminal Expo 2016, one of the most important airport industry fair, introducing FLY_AIR and ONDA AIRPORT seating system.
CASSINA CONTRACT FOR THE NEW AND PRESTIGIOUS EXCELSIOR HOTEL GALLIA IN MILAN 15/01/2016
Owned by Katara Hospitality, the Excelsior Gallia Hotel is an iconic point of reference in Milan and, thanks to the meticulous multi-million restoration of the historic palace which includes a new modern wing, exudes splendour and prestige. First opened as “Palazzo Gallia”, the hotel has strong links with the city’s history and from its privileged position in the up-and-coming Porta Nuova area, the new centre of Milanese life, is looking towards Milan’s future.
CASSINA CONTRACT AND GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS PRESENT "ELEMENTS TABLE" 10/07/2015
"Elements Table" is a custom piece of fine engineering realized by Cassina Contract and Grimshaw Architects. The plates that forms the structure has been laser cut from a sheet of metal of 6 mm thickness, then bent and welded by hands of skilled craftsmen. Available in a range of colour finishes with a selection of glass tops, the "Elements Table" enables customers to mix-and-match the product they want.
FOCUS ON: Cassina Contract supplies the Versace boutiques 09/07/2015
Cassina Contract is partner for the production of the Versace boutiques, as part of the plan of development and growth undertaken in these recent years by the Maison Versace.  The Contract Division has turned into reality the Versace concept. Cassina followed the single step of the project after the approved layout has been provided, from the technical drawings, to the production and the final installation of all furniture according to the project's details. After the first boutique in Paris, Cassina Contract has supplied the Fit-Out of the boutiques in Rome, Istanbul, Moscow, Singapore and Milan – in the prestigious location of the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery. (image: Versace - Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, photo credit: Marco Cella)
Focus on: Poltrona Frau Contract launches a brand new version of the Geneva Chair, designed by Behnisch Architekten 15/06/2015

Poltrona Frau Contract Division launches a brand new version of the cutting-edge hi-tech chair, called the Geneva Chair, a sinuous and elegant chair characterised by a compact and light profile. Designed by German architecture firm Behnisch Architekten, it is now also available upholstered in Kvadrat textiles, the leading manufacturer of design textiles. The chair upholstered in Kvadrat textiles has a completely new identity, absolutely fresh and original.

The Geneva Chair has been originally developed by Poltrona Frau Contract Division specifically for the new conference hall of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Based on the very positive feedback regarding the innovative design of the chair, Poltrona Frau Contract and Behnisch Architekten have decided to develop various options of the chair, and include it in the Poltrona Frau Seating Collection.

Focus on: Cassina Contract for “Dom Pérignon Lounge & Raw Bar”, in the exclusive garden of Hotel Bulgari, Milan 15/06/2015

Cassina Contract has taken part in a new and prestigious project: the Dom Pérignon Lounge & Raw Bar, presented by Hotel Bulgari and Dom Pérignon, in the exclusive hotel’s garden. Located in the secret heart of the garden, the new Dom Pérignon Lounge & Raw Bar is hidden by a hedge of red beech, that is all around the Lounge, and reveals a cozy and convivial space. A refined and elegant ambient, which includes some lounge areas dedicated to the aperitif and the dinner, as well as the bars, a console for the dj setting, and a welcome-desk. Cassina Contract has realized all the custom-made furniture, enhancing the identity of the Maison and the universe of the luxurious hospitality by Bulgari Hotels&Resort.

FOCUS ON: SOLOTHURN STADDTHEATER, SWITZERLAND 10/02/2015

The Solothurn Theatre was founded in the 17th century and is one of the most ancient and beautiful theaters still active in Switzerland. From the middle of the 19th century until today there has been a regular and professional production of comedies and classic plays, opera and ballet. The theatre has been renovated from 2013 to 2014 and Poltrona Frau supplied the replacement of 280 custom made seats.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: APPLE CAMPUS II 19/09/2014

An area of 176 acres that will host 260,128 sqm of offices; a research and development building; an auditorium with 1,000 seats; 27,870 sqm of research facilities and a generating plant that will serve as the campus’ primary source of electricity. This is the largest project of the Apple Campus II, which will come out in spring-summer of 2016 in Cupertino, California, with the collaboration of the best architects in the world, and it is the largest auditorium project in the United States in recent years. Poltrona Frau is proud to be part of it, with the creation of the seats for the auditorium and for the public areas. The Apple Campus, as well as hosting the famous launch of their new products, will host conventions and other important presentations.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: CENTRE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS, ALGERIA 23/04/2014

A joint investment by the Government of Algeria and the National Development Authorities to create the largest Congress Centre in the entire region. The Centre is the creation of the Italian architect Fabris & Partners. Poltrona Frau Contract will supply a total of 7,000 auditorium seats, making it the largest auditorium project in the history of Poltrona Frau.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: ELBPHILHARMONIE CONCERT HALL HAMBURG 01/01/2014

The Elbphilharmonie is the largest ongoing cultural project in Germany. The iconic building has been designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The opening is scheduled for 2016. Poltrona Frau will supply and install 2,100 custom made chairs designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: COEP – COLLEGE OF ENGENEERING, KUWAIT 13/02/2014

The College of Engineering & Petroleum at Sabah AlSalem, Kuwait is part of the Kuwait University Construction program that will establish a new university centre with integrated departments within one campus. Poltrona Frau Contract Division will provide a complex number of 1,242 seats for 2 auditoriums and 2 lecture halls.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: BURBERRY HEADQUARTERS, LONDON 13/12/2013

The headquarters of the luxury fashion house Burberry is a building with an impressive façade and with large interior spaces. It is Horseferry House, originally a government building, in the heart of Westminster, which hosts the firm’s five offices in one cohesive workplace. Poltrona Frau Contract division will supply special items for the lounges and the public areas of the 160,000 sqm office space.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: SIDRA MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER DOHA, QATAR 03/04/2013

Sidra Medical and Research Center is an ultramodern, all-digital academic medical center which sets new standards in patient care in Qatar, the Gulf region and internationally. Located in Doha on Qatar Foundation’s 2,500acre Education City campus, Sidra Medical and Research Center has approx. 550 beds. It is ranked among the most advanced research hospitals in the world with cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art medical equipment, sophisticated laboratories and great clinical advancement.

London Design Festival 11/09/2014

We invite you to come to our Poltrona Frau Showroom in Clerkenwell to see and experience the new seating system "FLY_AIR" specifically designed and developed for airport waiting areas.
 
You will also have the opportunity to see the new Poltrona Frau products that have been launched at the Milan International Furniture Fair 2014.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: IGC 15/07/2014
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a new landmark project in Singapore. Poltrona Frau will supply the auditorium, custom-made furniture and catalogue furniture from their standard collection for the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation which will become the largest global hub after the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: BOLOGNA AIRPORT 12/06/2014
Nowadays in the travel world waiting time at the airport has become an important moment, and Poltrona Frau is able to offer a solution for all the
possible needs:privacy orconnectivity, relax or interaction. The Contract division reaches this goal through proposals which meet the highest levels of comfort. On the 12th june 2014 the new passenger terminal of the G. Marconi airport has been inaugurated in Bologna, following a plan to requalify and extend the waiting lounge of the airport for which Poltrona Frau furnished 200 seating chairs.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: ICE KRAKOW 22/05/2014
Over 36.000 m² of conference space, an Auditorium ready to host 2000 people, a spacious and multifunctional foyer adapted for activities such as hosting of exhibitions and an excellent location in the centre of Krakow – these are only some of the assets of the multifunctional ICE Congress Centre that is being erected in Krakow. Its opening is planned for 2014 and Poltrona Frau Contract is furnishing the seating system for the auditoria.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: EPFL 20/05/2014
The SwissTech Convention Center, opened in April, is one of the most modern and best equipped conference centers in the world. With this new tool the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne reaffirms its strong position at the heart of Europe’s scientific community.
Poltrona Frau Contract is the supplier for the 3.000-seat amphitheater with the Canadian technology “Gala Systems”. Thanks to this technology the large auditorium can be automatically transformed in about 15 minutes, at will, to a banquet hall of more than 1800 square meters. Multiple intermediate configurations offer event organizers unsurpassed flexibility.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: AALBORG HOUSE OF MUSIC 29/04/2014
Poltrona Frau is proud to contributed with its 1300 Pitagoras armchair to the creation of House of Music, a hybrid space based on the concept of sharing and creation of synergies among public, artists, students and educators.
The brilliant particularity of House of Music, over obviously the architecture of Coop Himmelb (l) au, is the 1300 seats concert hall and the U-form structure with an auditorium and other smaller rooms used as practice room and to hold lessons of music.
FUORI SALONE APRIL 2014 08/04/2014

Poltrona Frau and Grimshaw Architects present the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Planetarium Chair specifically designed for the new “Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science” in Miami. The official presentation is part of the Elements installation, an exhibit-event to be held at the scenic Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia foundry space in Milan, from 8 - 13 April.
Elements is a thematic exhibition that showcases a selection of furniture and design projects by Grimshaw Architects in collaboration with Poltrona Frau and divides into 6 focus projects and brings together some of Grimshaw Architects’ finest work. This is showcased through photographs, drawings, prototypes and structural details, in an installation that also includes 3D augmented reality models which can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet using the free Elements app.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION: LIBESKIND RESIDENCES 07/02/2014
Cassina Contract and Daniel Libeskind present the made to measure furnishings by Cassina Contract for the communal areas of the lobbies of the new Residenze Libeskind, the urban complex made up of 5 buildings in the CityLife project.
NEW PROJECT: FLY_AIR 28/11/2013

Poltrona Frau Contract presents the “FLY_AIR SEATING SYSTEM”.

DESTINATION COMFORT

In a world that is increasingly on the move, Poltrona Frau Contract caters for the many desires of travellers. And together with Progetto CMR it has developed the “FLY_AIR Seating System”, the first system of multi-functional seats for airports. Comfort with no compromises: this is the concept of the project, designed to create waiting areas where people can interact, relax, work, go online or chat in complete freedom.  With its minimalist design and international style, the “FLY-AIR Seating System” is the epitome of Poltrona Frau Contract's knowhow. A craft tradition that goes back over 100 years which, together with the most advanced technologies, translates into a seating culture of the utmost quality.  

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 10/09/2013
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO BOUTIQUES – ASIA PACIFIC
The Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo is ramping up its Asian expansion.
Cassina has been chosen as one of the suppliers to support the roll-out.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 09/09/2013
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA BOUTIQUES – ASIA PACIFIC
The Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is continuing its worldwide expansion with an aggressive plan for new store openings. Cassina has been chosen as one of the suppliers to  support the roll-out and to provide the store interiors which are  a 100% custom made.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 02/12/2013
EDITION HOTEL - MIAMI
Edition is a collection of individualized, customized and one-of-a-kind hotels. The brand is conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International. Each hotel with its rare individuality, authenticity, originality and unique ethos reflects the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time. Although all of the hotels look completely different from each other. The Brand's unifying aesthetic is in its approach and attitude to the modern lifestyle.
Cassina Contract Division supplied the casegoods for the public areas as the entrance, the bar and the terrace.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 21/10/2013
IULM UNIVERSITY - MILAN, ITALY
The Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (I.U.L.M.) was founded in 1968 as a point of reference in the sectors of languages and communication and it has now also become a centre of excellence in the fields of tourism and the exploitation of cultural heritage.
The construction of the new building 6, aims to support the vision of the university as cultural center and place of meeting for the city of Milan.
The structure will host lecture rooms, research institutes,  auditoria and public spaces for conferences, concerts and other cultural events.
Poltrona Frau Contract will supply the seating for the two new auditoria.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 14/10/2013
THE LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION - PARIS, FRANCE
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is born of the patronage of  LVMH group (Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy), in collaboration with the internationally renowned Frank O. Gehry. The ambition of this project is to expand the national and international influence and recognition of artistic and cultural activities.
The shape of the glass structure is created by 3,600 glass panels and 18,000 curved panels forming the building's white exterior. Inside we can find galleries connected by walkways and staircases that allow visitors to take in the view of the surrounding woods and the landscape beyond. Poltrona Frau Contract will supply and install 340 Frank O Ghery custom chairs for the auditorium
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 20/06/2013
NATIONAL LIBRARY, QATAR
The Qatar National Library will serve as the country's main source of reference, with over 60 online databases and websites and over 300 public computers as well as a number of multi-media production studios.
This sleek, geometric block of glass and steel will house a children’s library, a gaming section, a heritage exhibition space, as well as recorded music and film collections, and plenty of further facilities for students and researchers.
The iconic building and all interiors are by the Dutch star-architect Rem Koolhaas and his studio OMA and the opening is scheduled for 2015.
Cassina Contract will supply and install custom made furniture for the VIP areas of the building.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 13/06/2013
MULTIFUNCTIONAL BUILDING - GD BOLOGNA
The intervention consists of a multifunctional building design commissioned by GD of Bologna, the world leading company that manufactures packing machines. The new company campus will be composed of different buildings that partly achieved exclusive activities for the company workers aiming to improve the company facilities and its public image. Poltrona Frau Contract realize the turn-key auditorium - 400 chairs, acoustic panels, lighting, custom furniture and civil works.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 07/06/2013
INNOVATION TOWER - HONG KONG
The new “Innovation Tower” of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will be located at the northeast side of the university campus. The Tower provide some 12,000 square metres of net floor area and able to accommodate more than 1,500 students.
The new Tower will house the School of Design, labs, galleries, a museum and an auditorium.
PFG design team have collaborated directly with Zaha Hadid Architects in the definition of the custom made chairs for the 300 seats auditorium.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 26/05/2013
CONCERT HALL - BODø
The new Concert Hall and Theatre for the city of Bodø in northern Norway has three auditoriums compactly placed from east to west across the site. In the centre is the 920 Pitagora seat main auditorium, supplied by Poltrona Frau Contract.
The main auditorium offers a new typology that embodies the visual and acoustic qualities necessary for a concert hall, alongside the technical and performance characteristics of a theatre.
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2013 05/04/2013
Zaha Hadid Architects and Poltrona Frau Contract present their new seating collection ‘ARRAY’ in an exhibition featuring other recent works by the designer: the Zephyr sofas and the Liquid Glacial table collection, from 9 to 14th April Fonderia Napoleonica Via Thaon di Revel 21.

NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 01/04/2013
TOUR CARPE DIEM AUDITORIUM
Poltrona Frau Contract has been awarded to supply and install Pitagora armchairs for the auditorium of the "Tour Carpe Diem" designed by Robert EM Stern Architects.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 21/03/2013
VALENTINO BOUTIQUE - PUERTO BANUS
Cassina Contract has been awarded to supply and install bespoke fixed furniture, FF&E and special finishes for the new Valentino boutique in Puerto Banus designed by David Chipperfield Architects London.
NEW PROJECT ACQUISITION 17/03/2013

CITY LIFE - MILANO

Cassina Contract has been awarded to supply and install custom and standard loose furniture for the reception areas of the Libeskind City Life residences in Milan.


POLTRONA FRAU MUSEUM 05/03/2013
The Poltrona Frau Museum has been inaugurated with an exclusive 100 anniversary exhibition "The intelligence of Hands" , where Contract Division has on display its most iconic chairs from past to present.