Poltrona Frau & Zuccon International Project present Jacques-Yves

Poltrona Frau and Zuccon International Project

sofa design for yachtsPoltrona Frau is increasingly active in the yachting sector: the collaboration between the company’s Custom Interiors division and the famous Rome-based design firm Zuccon International Project has created Jacques-Yves, a modular and customisable seating system with a wide range of components.

The explosion of the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly sharpened our focus on this business,” explained Poltrona Frau CEO Nicola Coropulis, “because boats, and yachts in particular, are seen as private islands guaranteeing their owners not only comfort but also safety. That is why we have been developing products specifically for the yachting world with Zuccon International Project in Rome, adding value to our offering”.

The partnership between the Poltrona Frau division and the Rome-based firm headed by Bernardo Zuccon and his sister Martina is based above all on the fact that they share the same purposes and capabilities, on their capacity to form long-term relationships with their customers and help them develop their ideas, and on their desire to associate their vision and identity with the client’s culture and values.

Growing in the yachting sector

The results will not be limited to the aesthetic sphere but will address all the yachting sector’s complexity in terms of construction and use.

Thanks to the work of Zuccon International Project, a highly valued partner of our important client Sanlorenzo,” continued Nicola Coropulis, “we intend to establish an even more solid relationship with the client and offer the market an innovative product specifically designed for the superyacht segment”.

Statement of Bernardo Zuccon

zuccon project yacht designWith the same spirit of enthusiasm, Bernardo Zuccon, who with his sister Martina heads Zuccon International Project, commented:

Designing a sofa for the yachting market was both an unusual and a fascinating challenge, above all because of this partnership with Poltrona Frau, an internationally renowned company with which I am happy to embark on what will hopefully become a long-term collaboration.

In approaching this project, I tried to identify the primary need that the object would be required to satisfy, because in the words of the famous Charles Eames, “recognizing the need is the primary condition for design”.

The real turning point in approaching a project so different from those I am used to was applying all my baggage of experience in the world of yachts to designing a sofa that really does solve the problems raised by its unusual location: an environment that moves on water”. 

About the Jacques-Yves seating system

yacht interior designThe first result of the synergy between Poltrona Frau Custom Interiors and Zuccon International Projects is the Jacques-Yves seating system for both indoor and outdoor use.

It is a versatile and flexible system, not only in terms of its composition and the wide variety of finishes available, but also of its use across the home, yacht and hospitality sectors.

The sofas feature boxy lines with a horizontal sweep. Their volumes are generous but contained within compact dimensions, designed to limit the space they occupy, one of the main design constraints in the yachting industry.

I employed the principle of illusion in approaching this project,” added Bernardo Zuccon, “and this enabled us to produce an object that on first sight might seem best suited to the home, because of its lines, style and lightness, but which in fact has all the functions more typical of traditional marine furniture”.

The system offers a very wide range of components and a modularity that provides flexibility and configuration versatility, adapting easily to boats of different types and sizes.

These industrial considerations are combined with a design that ensures maximum freedom to customise details and materials. The sofas are upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather and fabric for indoor use and waterproof fabrics for outdoors.