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Poltrona Frau revisits one of the most interesting and versatile pieces in Guglielmo Ulrich’s extensive collection: the Brera bench.

The simplicity of the design is fully consistent with the distinctiveness of the leather weave that upholsters the bench’s seating surface. The wide and 2-mm-thick Cuoio Saddle Extra leather straps, embellished with hand-cut engravings along the entire length, create a motif that is both geometrical and material. The overall effect is linear, sophisticated and highly modern.

The frame and the two tapered light legs are constructed from solid ash in a Moka or Wenge finish. The seat is padded with polyurethane foam.

The Brera bench is ideal in numerous contexts, from the living room to the bedroom, from waiting rooms to public spaces.  

About Designer
Guglielmo Ulrich

Guglielmo Ulrich was born in Milan in 1904, the son of Albert and Luisa Battaglia. Of a noble family of Danish origin, he attended the Brera Accademy, and after a two-yearscour¬se, he graduated in architecture at Milan Polytechnic. In 1930 he founded the Arca (Arredamento Casa/House-furnishing) company with Scaglia and Wild, of which he was the designer, presenting objects realized with grea¬test care and craftmanship skill, using precious and exotic materials (until 1935). He designed furnishings for Scaglia until 1945, realized by Jannace and Kovacs. In the 50's he participated in various "Triennali", he furnished shops and offices in various Italian towns and designed buildings. He participated in various competi¬tions, amongst which those relating to "naval furnishings" In the 60's saw Ulrich's progression with cautious interest towards the industrial world. In 1961 he was awarded first prize in the competition of the Trieste Fair for a chair produced by Saffa. The leap in scale from the object to architecture did not involve any parti¬cular methodological adaptations. In both cases Ulrich's passion to do it well and to do it beautifully did not permit a diversity of attitude, the aim always being to achieve the best pos¬sible result. Hediedin 1977.