Feel like you own a Ferrari with this sports car inspired office chair

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2017

Can’t afford yet to buy yourself a Ferrari? Have you ever wondered how it feels to be behind those wheels? Now, you don’t need to own a Ferrari sports car as you can enjoy nearly the same pleasure of owning one with this unique office chair.

The automaker recently teamed up with a famous Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau. And guess what this partnership came up with first? An office chair they call the Cockpit. It’s a hybrid of a car seat and a furniture design and the first ever office chair designed by the Ferrari Design Centre. This chair is perfect for those with a passion for racing. Imagine being in your office, but still sitting on your race car chair while in a meeting or responding to emails.

There are currently two versions of the Cockpit: The President features a high-back rest inspired by the ergonomics of competitive racing seats. The design of this chair literally looks like it has been taken out of the car. The Executive, on the other hand, is a subtler version of the President. This one adapts more to the office environment, then comes with a low and narrow backrest for more freedom of movement. The stylish design shies away from the automotive inspiration. Both versions have a reclining base and seat.

According to Ferrari, the Cockpit was made with the same materials that were used in the actual sports car. The exterior shell can be made of carbon or alutex (an aluminum glass fiber) finish. While the leather upholstery offers shades inspired by the Tailor-Made service lines for personalized configuration of the car: Scuderia, Classica, and Inedita. When the Cockpit made its debut, it was presented in two colours - red and black. However, customers can have these in any colour and material they prefer, if they choose to have a customized version.

The elements of the Cockpit are all connected to Ferrari. Apart from the external shell, the central band on the seats are inspired by racing seats. On the other hand, the swivel device has the same mechanical elements and design as the steering wheel.

So, for those of you who can’t afford a race car, this can be an option. However, just like any other merchandise by the Ferrari Design Center, these chairs are not as affordable as you think they might be. The President has a base price of €10,000 (around $10,600), while the Executive is at €7,500 ($8,000). And a customized version will most likely cost more. These office chairs will be on sale at Poltrona Frau stores sometime in November or December this year.

Press Release


Ferrari and Poltrona Frau present “Cockpit”, the first office chair ever designed by Ferrari Design Centre. Produced by Poltrona Frau, that has upholstered the interiors of Ferrari cars since the 80’s, it is neither a car seat nor a pure piece of furniture or design. It is a contemporary hybrid that brings together two brands, a blend of automotive know-how and the culture of living that celebrate the 70thanniversary of the Maranello carmaker. An office chair that captures the excitement, the speed of the driver’s seat, as well as the passion for racing.

The Cockpit is a place where concentration, quick reflexes and intuition join with a will to win. It is a space where the contact between the body and the seat creates dynamic sensations that help the driver to control the car as efficiently as possible. The armchair has an architectural and modular structure, and offers expansion possibilities. For the moment two versions are available: the President and the Executive. Both comprise a reclining base and seat, integrated with two different backrests. The President is the managerial model with a high backrest that is inspired by the ergonomics of competitive racing seats. The Executive model, a chair that adapts to all work contexts, has a deliberately low and narrow backrest to ensure more freedom of movement.

The design of “Cockpit" is a synthesis of automotive innovation and inspiration, the product of Ferrari’s 70 years of experience. Every element connects with the brand’s DNA, and the materials are the same as those used in Ferrari cars, like the external shell moulded from carbon or alutex. The central band on the seat takes its cue from racing seats, while the swivel device sports the same design and mechanical elements as the steering wheel.

For the leather upholstery, the Ferrari Design Centre team has chosen shades and finishes inspired by the trim of the three Tailor-Made service lines, which allow for the personalised configuration of the car: Scuderia, Classica and Inedita. Cockpit can also be customised in terms of its colours and materials.

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