The chair inspired by puffed ‘Juliet’ sleeves that were popular in the Italian Renaissance.

Prior to last weeks’ Salone del Mobile, British designer Benjamin Hubert won a competition to produce a chair for the 100-year-old label Poltrona Frau, as a homage to its history and craft.

Hubert’s Juliet chair was selected winner from 12 entries submitted by young international designers. The assignment had been to use traditional upholstery techniques to create a chair that would be judged for its appearance, comfort, representation of the theme and use of the leather.

Hubert's chair was inspired by Renaissance fashion, namely the puffed shoulders that were in vogue at the time. With this in mind, Hubert attempted to communicate the properties of leather upholstery.

Other designers who participated in the competition included Nendo, Stephen Burks, Nina Zupanc, Constance Guisset and Daphna Laurens.

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