Renzo Frau created Poltrona Frau in 1912 with the intention of designing and producing high quality furniture that incorporated his knowledge of leather, and design influences from France and Europe. During his travels as a salesman, Frau encountered the Chesterfield armchair and was influenced by the design. The outbreak of World War I momentarily derailed production as Frau was called to fight for his country; and his wife, Savina, bravely took up the reins of the company. The Poltrona Frau armchairs were commissioned for businesses in Italy, and were used in the home of the Royal Family. Renzo Frau met an early death in 1926. He left behind a catalog of archived projects that would allow his wife to continue Poltrona Frau’s production of furniture in the years to come.