[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]talian furniture makers Poltrona Frau have been upholstering the interiors of Ferrari cars for over 30 years since the 1980s – and they’ve just introduced the Cockpit to their lineup. Neither a car seat nor an standalone piece of furniture, the new Poltrona Frau Cockpit brings a modern hybrid of two brands as the Maranello supercar marque approaches its 70th anniversary. Call it an office chair which invokes the excitement and thrill of being in the driver’s seat.
The Cockpit armchair has an architectural and modular structure, and offers expansion possibilities. For the moment, two versions are available – the President and the Executive. Both comprise a reclining base and seat, integrated with two different backrests.
The President is the managerial model with a high backrest inspired by the ergonomics of competitive racing seats. The Executive model sports a lower backrest to allow more freedom of movement.
The design of the Cockpit is a synthesis of automotive innovation and inspiration, the product of Ferrari’s 70 years of experience. The materials used are also found in Ferrari cars, for example, the external shell is moulded from carbon and/or alutex. The central band on the seat takes its cue from racing seats, while the swivel device sports the same design and mechanical elements as a Ferrari steering wheel.
For the leather upholstery, the Ferrari Design Centre team has chosen shades and finishes inspired by the trim of the three Tailor-Made service lines, which allow for the personalised configuration of the car – Scuderia, Classica and Inedita. The Cockpit office chair can also be customised in terms of its colours and materials.
A version of this story first appeared on Torque.