This Poltrona Frau Capsule Furniture Collection Underscores the Elegance of Black

JANUARY 30, 2015 Previously Featured on

While fashion designer Alexander Wang is used to dressing the body, his desire to adorn the home has recently been revealed in a new collection with iconic Italian leather manufacturer Poltrona Frau. The creative director of Balenciaga, as well as creator of his namesake brand of noir clothing, often described as downtown-luxe, Wang collaborated with Poltrona Frau on a line of exclusive lounge furniture that appears cool, relaxed, and modern—a giveaway to the pieces’ chic provenance.

In development for nearly two years, the capsule collection features seating and a portable bar cabinet envisioned as a place to hang out in the home and decked in Wang’s signature all-black aesthetic. Each piece is made at Poltrona Frau’s factory in Tolentino, Italy, with attention paid to every detail. The hinges featured on the Trunk Bar ($18,500) are custom-crafted and the interior is lined with black suede and includes polished steel edging. Wrapped in black shagreen, the piece sits on recessed steel wheels and moonlights as a table when closed. When open, the trunk performs as a mini bar with shelves that can host a variety of glasses, bottles, and cocktail accessories.

For his sophisticated revise of the beanbag chair, Wang tamed the traditionally amorphic form by tailoring it in a choice of Poltrona Frau’s shearling and matte black leather. The detailed upholstery and hand-selected materials are hallmarks of the 103-year-old Italian company, which has collaborated with iconic designers such as Gio Ponti, Andrée Putman, Peter Marino, and Paola Navone. Indulging in Wang’s edgy, luxury vibe, the chairs ($8,800 each) are perched on faceted polished bronze-plated bases and ready for cocktail hour. The collection is available for purchase in February at Poltrona Frau showrooms. (


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