esigned in late 1953, the DU30 is without doubt Gastone Rinaldi's most famous design. In fact, in 1954 it was the recipient of the Compasso d’Oro award, known as the Compasso d’Oro-Rinascente at the time, in what was the first year the prize was awarded. The jury that year included, among others, Gio Ponti, Marco Zanuso and Alberto Rosselli.
The DU30 was immediately patented and appeared on the cover of the first edition of Stile Industria magazine in June 1954. The unitary nature of the seat and backrest results in a central cutting and stitching effect that brings to mind the contemporary works of Lucio Fontana.
Du 30 chair has a shaped single shell in steel mesh with moulded polyurethane foam padding. Legs in bent welded iron tubing with a textured, wrinkled black finish (NERO RAL 9005). Upholstery in Pelle Frau® leather. Fitted with a lower 'backbone', the shell is attached directly to each pair of legs with screws.
Poltrona Frau is a furniture-maker founded in 1912 by Sardinian-born Renzo Frau in Turin, Italy, headquartered since the early 1960s in Tolentino, Italy and specializing in leather seating for interior and automotive applications. The company name combines the Italian word for armchair, "Poltrona" and "Frau, the last name of its founder.
Noted for their exhaustive quality standards, the company uses a 21-step leather tanning process where the full-grain leather is dyed through, so a surface scratch won’t reveal a lining underneath. 95% of the company's products are made by hand.
In 2004, Poltrona Frau acquired noted Italian furniture company Cappellini, and the Poltrona Frau Group now includes brands Poltrona Frau, Cappellini, Cassina, Alias, Nemo Lighting, Ceramica Flaminia and Fish Design