A special chair to celebrate Castiglioni’s 100th birthday

The late, great designer’s iconic Sanluca chair is updated with an eye-catching Op Art print

Poltrona Frau has released a limited edition collection of Sanluca chairs, £3,750, which are upholstered in a bespoke fabric featuring a Max Huber drawing
Poltrona Frau has released a limited edition collection of Sanluca chairs, £3,750, which are upholstered in a bespoke fabric featuring a Max Huber drawing

Celebrating what would have been Achille Castiglioni’s 100th birthday, Poltrona Frau has released a limited edition collection of Sanluca chairs (£3,750) – an iconic avant-garde design from 1960. Originally conceived in collaboration with Castiglioni’s brother Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and friend and graphic artist Max Huber, this latest iteration features Huber’s 1968 Onde Geofisiche drawing – a previously unpublished work that has been printed onto a bespoke fabric. The geometric pattern will adorn 100 pieces – 50 in black and 50 in white – and is evocative of the Op Art movement that was so popular in the swinging 1960s.

The collection includes 50 chairs in black fabric and 50 chairs in white fabric
The collection includes 50 chairs in black fabric and 50 chairs in white fabric
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Designer Achille Castiglioni at work in his studio
Designer Achille Castiglioni at work in his studio

The original futuristic design of the Sanluca chair evolved through Castiglioni’s exploration of ergonomics as he designed a seat, back and headrest contoured to the body – padded only where absolutely needed to emphasise the undulating frame of the chair. The release of this new edition coincides with the launch of an Achille Castiglioni monographic exhibition at Milan’s Triennale Museum, which has been curated by designer/architect Patricia Urquiola. Opening this week, the showcase will be on view until January 20.

The original sketches of the iconic Sanluca chair
The original sketches of the iconic Sanluca chair
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