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after the huge success of the re-release of the free standing Albero bookcase, a little-known yet very fascinating and masterful piece created by Gianfranco Frattini in the late 1950s, Poltrona Frau is launching the Albero Limited Edition in olive wood. an exquisite material, olive is hard, compact, full of symbolic heritage and is highly prized in the furniture making trade.

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cultivated since ancient times and considered a sacred tree by the greeks who girdled the heads of olympic champions with crowns crafted from its branches, the olive is a symbol of peace in both eastern and western civilisations.

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every example in the Albero Limited Edition collection is unique thanks to the artisan furniture maker, who skilfully chooses the best combination of woods for each piece to create an elegant inlaid effect.

the natural grain of the olive wood is emphasised in the vertical surfaces of the shelves with their elegant panel details.

just like a thousand-year old olive tree, Albero is a sculpture for the centre of the room, which is best appreciated in a big space.

with its adjustable race and pinions and piston-shelves, this unconventional bookcase has something of the shape of an engine drive shaft. however, made entirely of wood, it also has all the warmth and vitality of a tree.

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for more information, visit  www.xtrafurniture.com