Umbrella comunicare design
Evelina Bazzo & Camilla Tosi
Viale Felissent 48
T +39 0422 305442
F +39 0422 791800
M +39 328 9190706
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands
Anne Polch & Anna Weidemann
T +49 (0)221 91 39 49 0
F +49 221 91394919
M +49 (0)177 7788921
Arper UK Ltd
11 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5PA
T +44 (0)20 7253 0009
M +44 7557 900717
USA & Canada
Defne Aydintasbas & Gina McNamee
195 Chrystie Street, Suite 901F,
New York, NY 10002
Mie Aizawa & Asako Gemma
#401 Fonte Toyama 2-22-14 Minami Aoyama,
Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
Via Lombardia 16
31050 Monastier di Treviso (TV)
T +39 0422 791847
F +39 0422 791800
M +39 345 6408110
Arper’s growth on international markets began in Milan, the world capital for industry. It is here in 2011 that Arper first opened its showroom, which has become a place for architects and interior designers to develop their projects and get inspired.
Then followed 11 more showrooms in the world’s foremost capitals, from London to Stockholm, from Dubai to New York, and to the recent opening of the Tokyo’s showroom last November.
The year 2016 comes to a close for Arper with the opening of the refurbished showroom in via Pantano in Milan, which underwent a total makeover signed by the Spanish design studio Lievore Altherr. The interior design project created for this space reflects an essential and contemporary elegance that matches and highlights the style of Arper’s collections, sharing unique and simple designs that express timeless values.
Wood is the absolute protagonist of the project, a material which the Lievore Altherr Studio has chosen to connect the different areas of this contemporary space giving it a warmer, relaxing and conducive atmosphere.
As Jeannette Altherr, LA Studio, explains, “wood creates a sense of continuity between the different areas of the showroom, thus expressing a coherent vision. It connects the area at the front, where visitors are received, to the area at the back of the showroom housing the workspaces and meeting rooms, also leading to the basement floor dedicated to design activities and experiments and to meetings with architects. Coupled with the extensive use of wood, the new stylish and minimalistic design of the refurbished space highlights the collections on display”.
The natural light coming in through the windows overlooking via Pantano and through the outdoor courtyard at the center of the showroom, strongly characterizes the space and emphasizes its volumes. Compounded by a specially redesigned lighting concept, it enhances colors and fabrics of the products on display and highlights details in upholstery and finishes.
An important architectural feature of the showroom has also received a complete makeover: the big, harmonious spiral staircase now looks like a solid block of wood encouraging a visit to the basement floor, where architects can find a suitable space as well as assistance for their projects for the contract sector, especially at the decision and customization phase.
The refurbished showroom in Milan was indeed conceived first and foremost as a place for designers to tap their creativity. A space specially dedicated to materials: fabrics, finishes and colors are at the architects’ disposal in a welcoming atmosphere that fully reflects the brand’s philosophy and its potential.
Interior Design Magazine – Parentesit Freestanding win Best of Year Awards
Parentesit Freestanding, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, received Best of Year Awards 2016 in the Partitions and Wall Systems category, while Parentesit Wall Panel- Light and Sound and Catifa 46 New Edition were noted finalists in the Technology category and in the Contract and Guest category. In its’ eleventh edition, Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards program is the industry’s premier awards organization, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing ￼designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. ￼The Parentesit collection, launched in 2015, is now complemented by the Freestanding version, a modular stand alone system for concentration or quiet conversation in shared workspaces or ￼collaborative environments.
Architectural Record Magazine – Meety and Parentesit Freestanding win Record Products Awards
Meety and Parentesit Freestanding, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, received the prestigious Record Product Awards. Each year, Architectural Record Magazine rewards the most outstanding design products on the market. Composed of six design professionals, the jury sorted through 425 entries and selected the best new products of the year, vetting their selections on innovation, usefulness, and aesthetics. Meety mimics the adatable system of Catifa in table form. Inspired by the architectural structure of bridges – at once strong and lightweight – Meety’s aluminum legs form a solid structure from which the top appears to float or hover. An adaptable and dynamic system of tables engineered to be optimally customizable, Meety retains its unique character from its cast aluminum legs that seamlessly integrate into multiple tabletop options: size, scale, and material. Diverse customizations create options for tailoring this elegant system to any context – for home, for work, for life.
Next November 17th, the Italian contract furniture company Arper debuts its flagship showroom in Tokyo, located in the Aoyama district.
Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes designer chairs, sofas and tables for contract, home and work sectors worldwide. The company is the outcome of an entrepreneurial project that began in 1989 as the evolution of a small leather manufacturing company founded in the 1980s by the Feltrin family. Today Arper is an international company with four subsidiaries – Arper Usa, Arper Middle East, Arper Uk and Arper Japan – the branches Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore and 11 showrooms in major world capitals: Milan, London, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, New York, Chicago and Dubai, in addition to the in-house showroom at the headquarters in Treviso.
Within this growth process, Tokyo showroom represents a milestone for the company, that foresees the possibility of building a long lasting collaboration with the design community of Northern East Asia.
“We are so honored to be here - says Claudio Feltrin, Arper President and CEO – we’ve always looked at the Japanese culture as a source of inspiration for our approach within our product collections design. Our design is the result of what we call the “pursuit of the essential”: simple, singular forms that aim to be timeless elegant. Objects that feel spontaneous while being clearly the result of rigor and precision. This philosophy comes from a deep respect towards the Japanese culture, master of these values. At the same time Arper brand also deeply embodies the Mediterranean culture: vibrant colors, playful moods, creativity and family feeling belong to the Italian background and naturally blend with the design of our collections”.
Arper Tokyo showroom will also be home to the company Arper Japan K.K., part of Arper Group. The local team within Arper will oversee the company’s sales and operations in order to serve at best markets of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
“Service is essential to us, we want to make sure we can guarantee our customers the same service and assistance level worldwide. We are working to build a strong presence in Japan, in order to support our strategic partners in the Northern east Asia area. With this purpose, we set up an operational hub, located in Tokyo, allowing us to centralize manufacturing and logistics in Japan, thus reducing the leading time and ensuring presence and assistance to customers of northern east Asia, based on the same model we successfully experimented in the Usa market”, says Claudio Feltrin.
Arper Tokyo showroom is located within the luxury and high-end design district of Aoyama. The two floors space is extended on 300 square meters and showcases the company’s unique vision, that blurs the boundaries between residential and work styles, featuring furnishing solutions that go beyond function alone and combine simplicity, flexibility and beauty.
Arper will showcase its collection of products including chairs – task, lounge and contract models, sofas, tables, acoustic panels and accessories. Among them, latest collections presented at the Salone del Mobile 2016: the successful Catifa family, Parentesit Free standing panels, Parentesit wall mounted acoustic panels and Meety table, all designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. Furthermore, the space will be displaying a wide selection of most representative Arper collections shaping the brand identity: Pix ottomans and tables by the Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasaki, the brand innovative Kinesit task chair, unique with its variety of combinations and colors, the playful Juno chair by James Irvine. Among most successful collections also further collections will be displayed in the forthcoming months: the Steeve sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud, Cross table by the Italian designers Metrica, Nuur table by Simon Pengelly, winner of the prestigious international award Compasso d’Oro.
The launch event will take place next November 17th, starting 6pm.
Arper Japan K.K.
HT Jingu Gaien Building, 8th Floor
2-7-22 Kita Aoyama, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107-0061 Japan