The design concept of Assaya is inspired by the way of life in the connected world. Assaya is articulately crafted with the knowledge of the age-old tradition of saddle making coupled with fresh interpretation of Poltrona Frau industrial leather craftsmanship. The objective is to create a long lasting design that will be cherished and celebrated for the next century and beyond by connecting with the next generation ensuring the lasting legacy of Poltrona Frau.
The armchair is generously sized, ensuring comfort according to ergonomics. Viewed from the side, the backrest recalls the sinuosity of a corset. Its design embraces and encapsulates an elegant combination of leather and hide and of rigid and soft elements. The external hide shell is modelled by a skilful series of cuts and stitches that give the material great ductility. The upholstery of the seat and the inside of the backrest are in Pelle Frau® leather from the Color System or Pelle Frau® Nest, Soul or Century leather.
The pouf, side table and lap tray are an integral part of the project and are suitable for creating formal or informal settings to facilitate both working and leisure activities. The side table and lap tray are practical and versatile accessories that can accommodate laptops, tablets or books.
The structure of the backrest and armrests, comprising a single shell, is in rigid polyurethane padded with polyurethane foam and wadding. The seat is in seasoned beech wood with elastic belts and padding similar to the backrest. The armchair swivels 360° and automatically returns to its starting position.
The pouf, is comprised of the same materials as the armchairs, with the structure in seasoned beech wood and with padding around the edges in polyurethane foam and springs with elastic belts. The seat cushion is integrated in the chair and padded with polyurethane foam and wadding. Upholstery is in the Pelle Frau® leather collections as with the armchair.
The laptray structure is in poplar plywood with light polyurethane foam padding in the lower part. The surface comes in Cuoio Saddle Extra Frau® leather and lower part in Pelle Frau® leather from the Color System or Pelle Frau® Nest leather and also features contrast stitching.
Satyendra Pakhalé says, "This project started with the centenary celebration of Poltrona Frau. I recall my first trip to this wonderful Italian factory in Marche region where industrial and handmade blend in a seamless manner creating uniquely crafted serially produced objects. I was curious, keen to grasp, assess and evaluate in my own manner the legendary heritage of Poltrona Frau. The centenary armchair I designed being a new step forward is therefore called 'Assaya'. The name refers to the act of analysing, assessing and evaluating. Besides it also means in my mother tongue 'Marathi' to give a comforting support, to create a comforting feeling. This is what Assaya is created for."