1000 custom Poltrona Frau seats for the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Los Angeles

the project of the Custom Interiors division of Poltrona Frau for the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles , signed Renzo Piano Building Workshop, opened to the public on 30 September. The Italian company supplied the armchairs of the David Geffen Theater , developed ad hoc thanks to a (collaborative) work lasting over two years. 

The architectural project by Renzo Piano

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is the largest institution in the United States dedicated to art, cinema and moviemaking artists. The museum is housed in the May Company which has been renovated and enlarged thanks to Renzo Piano's project.

Spread over approximately 30,000 square meters , the cultural institution has more than 4700 square meters of exhibition spaces used to house a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, two cinemas and theaters, as well as educational programs related to the film industry and flexible environments for special and public events.

The 1000 seats specially developed by Poltrona Frau

Poltrona Frau, through its Custom Interiors division, has created the 1000 seats that furnish the main theater, the David Geffen Theater. A project developed in over two years of work thanks to the constant support of the team specialized in seating at PF Custom Interiors with the architects of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The result, as has also happened in other contract references, is a realization completely tailored to the architectural and interior design needs, as well as functional and comfort.

“It is a great satisfaction to see the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures theater completed” comments Nicola Coropulis, CEO of Poltrona Frau, “a project that we have been following for some time and which, like others, attests our ability to develop custom solutions, able to integrate perfectly into the architectural and interior design project. This realization is in one of the many examples of our fruitful collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop which, also in this case, has given life to a significant project for the community in relation to such a fascinating area as the cinema”.

The seats of the Geffen Theater were created thanks to a close collaboration between Poltrona Frau and RPBW / Gensler” add the designers of the Renzo Piano Building Workhop, that explain: the result is a type of seat in perfect harmony with the typical theater aesthetics and which at the same time guarantees quality and comfort that is expected in a first-class cinema”.

Cover photo: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Los Angeles.

- horizontal picture (desk): Ph. Josh White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum.

- vertical picture (mobile): Ph. Iwan Baan/©Iwan Baan Studios. Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation.