Kyoto

Design by

Gianfranco Frattini

The perfect cross between design
vision and master craftsmanship

The Kyoto table designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1974 is faithfully revisited and presented by Poltrona Frau: simple Japanese elegance and the tactile richness of solid wood, underlined by the expert dovetail joints.

A concept of understatement

Kyoto immediately became synonymous with
the best Italian design tradition, that perfectly combines
a brilliant idea with impeccable execution.

“A degree of precision that was once
unthinkable without the help of CNC machines“

Frattini heirs

A joint of skills

Every detail reflects the great technical ability and care of a new wave of artisans, that gives space to a personalisation with slide-off counterpoise legs that can be positioned as desired.

The construction concept
becomes the object itself

The absence of decorative elements exalts the beauty of the raw material,
requiring great technical ability and care as well
as an in-depth knowledge of the material.

“Visiting the workshops of Kyoto,
Gianfranco Frattini came up with the idea
for the joint that would form the basis of the table of the same name.”

Frattini heirs

Gianfranco
Frattini

From the very start of his career, architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini displayed a great preference for wood, a material that features heavily in all his projects. This passion, with close attention focused on details and joints, was translated into tangible objects also thanks to his collaborations with many artisans from Brianza, most notably expert carpenter Pierluigi Ghianda.

His close partnership with Pierluigi, which over the years transformed into a fraternal friendship, led to the creation of the Kyoto table, achieving with the technologies of the time a degree of precision that was once unthinkable without the help of CNC machines. Pierluigi and Gianfranco got to know each other in the early 70s during a trip to Japan to study the work of the local craftsmen. Visiting the workshops of Kyoto and inspired by the aesthetics of these places, Gianfranco Frattini came up with the idea for the joint that would form the basis of the table of the same name.

A timeless icon

The Kyoto table is currently showcased in the permanent collection of the Design Museum at the Milan Triennale, reminding us the original work of master craftsmen, meticulous attention to details and passion for the joints and raw materials that become the real protagonists.

Square Kyoto
Table

Rectangular Kyoto Table

Here you are, Kyoto.