#EDWOWFind: Why you need Shi-Chieh Lu’s Ming’s Heart Chair for Poltrona Frau

AUG 1, 2016 | By Nupur Ashok Sarvaiya
Shi-Chieh Lu has pared down surfaces, subtracting and removing, until he achieved a continuous line. The Ming Chair has been revered highly in the Chinese furniture history for its elegant fine lines and proportions. The profile is made from tubular steel, the key material of Western rationalism and the Industrial Revolution.
After a long day all you want to do is dive into a chair. And even for the uninitiated, Poltrona Frau’s furniture has offered luxury connoisseurs its leather upholstery in 177 colours and nine various finishes. At the recently concluded Furniture Fair in Milan, the label turned to the East for inspiration and presented Ming’s Heart small armchair, designed by Shi Ming. Taiwan based architect and designer, Shi-Chieh Lu won the prestigious Taiwan Design Contest promoted by Poltrona Frau and Euchain Ltd., a long-established Taiwanese dealer.
Synonymous to its name, it draws from the classic Ming’s Chair but features geometric lines instead of curves, reverberating in the “no-frills” cubic formality of the Western vision. “In this new furniture, all the parts that touch the human body including the seat, armrest and backrest are detached from the frame and transformed into one continuous leather handicraft, a soft material from Western craftsmanship now delicately grafted onto an Oriental frame,” says Shi-Chieh Lu.
“The chair is a set of frame structure and a sheet of free form that is made by Cuoio Saddle Extra leather. The end result is a chair that floats in space, almost like a futuristic swing or a conceptual sculpture,” he adds. The chair’s design makes it a perfect add-on for any space.
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