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Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
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Arper will be participating in the Salone del Mobile in Milan from 4 to 9 April 2017. Our collections will be presented in two different exhibition spaces: in the area dedicated to design and in the office section. Pavilion 16 (C29 D30), traditionally reserved to furniture and design companies, sees Arper reaffirm the centrality of its presence. On display, there will be a selection of the company's collections, from iconic products to new designs, over an area of 880 square metres. Pavilion 22 (D20 D24) this year will be hosting the biennial event focused on workspace: Workplace3.0/Salone Ufficio with the exhibition “A Joyful Sense at Work” curated by Cristiana Cutrona. Arper’s 200 square meters stand will be dedicated to those collections that best interpret the way we experience workplaces and the interaction between home and the workplace.
“Together” is Arper’s keyword for this year’s edition of the 2017 Salone. A new perspective that places relationships at the centre of design: the relationship between objects, which are expressed through the synergistic design of shells, bases, accessories, materials and colours; the relationship between objects and space, in which each element is coordinated to the other with flexibility, so as to achieve the best results; and finally, the relationship between spaces and people, expressed through individual choices and customized solutions as a means of self- expression. “Together” strongly sums up the theme of the community: spaces that adapt to new situations and suit the needs of everyday life. The theme of being together in harmony has always been at the foundation of Arper’s creation, design and production: shells, bases, accessories, materials, colours, and fabrics that work together flexibly and fluidly in order to achieve top results.
2017 News A new vision on how to display design. Arper’s new partner is the Barcelona-based architecture studio MAIO, founded by Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López and Anna Puigjaner and specialized in the design of flexible systems for the definition of spaces. In collaboration with Jeannette Altherr – studio LA – in charge of the creative direction of Arper’s visual concept, MAIO has designed Arper’s stand with the objective of creating a space that best represents the interaction between architecture and Arper’s collections. A team of stylists and lighting designers contributed to this project which presents a new and highly innovative approach for Arper. Studio MAIO explained the project thus: “The system we have designed for Arper consists of simple, modular elements that can be reorganized to best suit the different kinds of spaces in which they are used. These elements are complete structures in themselves, in that they are self-supporting, efficient and easy to assemble”. Thanks to this new display system, at Pavilion 16 the space will be organized around a large central square leading to many rooms where the products will be displayed in ways designed to stimulate interaction. The rooms will be accessed primarily from the main square but will also be connected one another, allowing visitors an experiential visit. MAIO’s design presents modular rooms that can be compressed or expanded as required by the exhibition narrative of each collection on display. Along with unique flooring and walls, one of the most distinctive elements of this project is its ceilings, with their unusual shapes and variable geometries that help to shape the particular character of each room and transmit their distinctive atmosphere. At Pavilion 22 Workplace 3.0 the same exhibition system takes on an entirely different meaning in terms of both shape and materials. The stand looks like a play of shadows and transparencies that enhances the continuity of space, thanks to the coating made of a translucent material which helps to increase the perception of space.
Catifa Up, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, 2017. As much a part of Arper’s identity as it is a testament to enduring design, Catifa 53 is the piece that started it all. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Catifa 53’s graceful curves and sleek, sensuous silhouette are achieved through an economy of materials––and an exclusive manufacturing process pioneered by Arper to synthesize concept, form, and production. Catifa’s iconic shape is ubiquitous in use. Comfortable in both residential and contract environments, the collection has been available in an array of colors, materials and constructions. New for 2017, Catifa Up offers a higher backrest than Catifa 53, with the addition of optional armrests in a new design and plush padding to lend stately comfort and support to boardrooms, workplaces, home offices, and conference rooms. A new range of upholstery options delivers visual intrigue to an indelible design. With Catifa Up, elegance and comfort team up to get the job done.
Arcos, designed by Lievore Altherr, 2017. A classical form, repeated. The Arcos collection is a restrained interpretation of Art Deco’s geometric glamor––without the ornamentation. Though lightweight and quiet, Arcos maintains a graphic presence due to its signature cast aluminum armrests that form twin curves evoking the elegant rhythm of archways in the corridors and walkways of classical architecture. The Arcos collection mirrors its classical source of inspiration in both form and context. Designed with public spaces in mind, the collection features a chair, lounge chair and sofa, all with armrests to accommodate lounge, dining, and waiting room settings. Arcos is designed to be in dialogue with Steeve, Parentesit and Cross to create comfortable environments for rest, relaxation and socializing. Special care was dedicated to the color customizations with the possibility to create a monochrome of velvet-like, inky hues in both upholstery and matte lacquer metal for an expression that signals understated expression.
Cila, designed by Lievore Altherr, 2017. A simple gesture, a sensuous feel. The fluid form of Cila was inspired by the image of layers of cloth enveloping the body. Its silhouette of smooth lines retains a graphic character from its distinctive curve––the most essential symbol of shelter. Like being protected, like being held. Cila’s easy shape blends into both residential and contract environments and is especially well suited for dining and entertaining contexts. Comfortable yet lightweight, Cila’s plastic shell can be customized in six colors with optional seat cushions or fully upholstered in a range of textures, colors, and styles. Base and leg options include metal legs, wooden legs, a metal sled or a trestle base.
Product Updates Meety. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Meety borrows its visual language from the architecture of the bridge: strong but lightweight, supportive but with room for air. Meety’s distinctive aluminum legs provide a sturdy foundation to suspend multiple tabletop options that can be customized to suit diverse contexts. For large group gatherings or the intimacy of home life, Meety’s elegant system has an option to suit any need: a soft, fluid boat shape imparts warmth and openness while the trapezoid tabletop shape can be arranged to meet the myriad demands of the workplace. New for 2017, Meety’s dynamic system expands even further with new finishes and customizations. Thick and substantial smoked glass tabletop options in round or boat-shaped shapes telecast understated allure. New satin matt surfaces in Forbo linoleum are now available in Pebble grey, Powder pink and black. A new range of colors for the Fenix laminate top arrive with options in black, white, Beige Luxor, Efeso Grey or Castoro Ottawa and base options in black, white, or anthracite grey to help the archetypal form of Meety seamlessly integrate into any setting. And for the workspace, Meety is now available with technological features to meet the demands of the modern workspace. Possibilities for cable grommets and trays, built-in vertical cable organization and a modesty panel have added contemporary utility to Meety’s timeless silhouette.
Nuur. Designed by Simon Pengelly, Nuur is the essential form of a table distilled: a single plane balanced on four legs. Its universality makes Nuur supremely adaptable, integrating effortlessly into any environment––from contract to residential, from the workplace to the intimate space of the home. Originally designed in square or rectangular tabletops of colored laminate or wood veneer, Nuur expands its visual vocabulary with the addition of four new Fenix colorways: black, white, Bromo Grey, and Colorado Pink. It’s a distinctive new coat for a chameleon with endless adaptability.
Milan Fairgrounds, Rho from 4 to 9 April 2017 Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017 Pavilion 16 Stand C29 D30 Workplace3.0 / SaloneUfficio 2017 Pavilion 22 Stand D20 D24
The General Meeting of Assarredo, one of the major associations of FederLegnoArredo, held on 2 February 2017 in Milan at the Fondazione Giacomo Feltrinelli, elected Mr Claudio Feltrin, entrepreneur from Treviso and leader of Arper, President of the national association Assarredo for the three-year period 2017-2019
An important recognition of great significance for Claudio Feltrin who, thanks to the successful experiences gained and strategies implemented at the family business Arper, made his entrepreneurial expertise available to the Association and the companies in the furniture industry. Four key words will characterise the presidency of Mr Feltrin in Assarredo: Listening, Transparency, Competitiveness and Internationalisation. These are the values that the entrepreneur adopted, spread and developed in the Venetian company Arper, founded and managed together with his family since the end of the ‘80s. This programme is based on the awareness of how valuable internationalisation is and on the intention to listen to the entrepreneurs and companies of Assarredo, in order to develop association activities capable of supporting the companies within a complex and very competitive background such as the current one, so as to enhance and protect one of the Italian most distinctive businesses worldwide.￼
Claudio Feltrin: “I wish to thank all the Colleagues of the Association for their trust, expressed through this vote. I will start working immediately to translate the guidelines defined in my programme into real targets that we will pursue together, sharing ideas and paths. Our Association represents the excellence of the furniture industry, a sector in which our country represents an undisputed benchmark all over the world. Thus, our priority will be to ensure that the Italian companies in the Furniture industry are able to express their entrepreneurial and creative abilities at their best on the international scenario. I am honoured to take over from President Anzani, to whom I wish to express my gratitude for the invaluable contribution he has given, with his guide, to Assarredo, and I wish to express my best wishes to the Designated President of Federlegno, Mr Orsini.
Assarredo is the national Association of manufacturers of furniture, upholstery, kitchens, sleeping systems, furnishing accessories, and furniture for business. Founded in 1979, Assarredo is one of the ten associations members of FederlegnoArredo, the trade industrial confederation that represents the wood, cork, furniture and furnishing sectors. The task of Assarredo is to represent, support and protect the Italian companies of the furniture industry, promoting their interests at a local, national and international level.
Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes chairs and tables worldwide, for communities, workplaces and home. The company - the brainchild of the Feltrin family - in 1989 launched an industrial project focused on design, and became a BtB company that uses new materials and technologies, mindful of environmental and social sustainability.
The company is an international structure with 11 showrooms in the major capitals worldwide. These spaces play different strategic roles for the development of the specific markets. Four showrooms are used as offices of the affiliates of the Group: New York (office of Arper USA), Dubai (office of Arper Middle East), London (office of Arper UK) and Tokyo (office of Arper Japan). Currently, two branches exist: Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore. Milan, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, Chicago are used as exhibition areas and as places for the local design communities to meet and discuss. Additionally, there is an in-house showroom at the Headquarters in Treviso.Under the lead of President Claudio Feltrin, who in 2016 took over his father Luigi, currently Honorary President, the company has always availed itself of the collaboration of designers capable of interpreting the brand at a design level, consistently with the corporate values that that account for today’s international standing of the company. Nowadays, Arper represents a thriving business with a turnover of Euro 67 million in 2015, up by 23% from 2014, and with a forecast for 2016 of a consolidated turnover in excess of Euro 70 million.
Starting this year, Arper will become part of Guggenheim Intrapresae, a prestigious group of internationally renowned companies that support the exhibitions and activities of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice since 1992.
Arper manufactures and globally distributes furniture for the contract and home sectors. Guided by the principles of sustainability and business ethics, the company has achieved significant growth and prominence worldwide since its founding in 1989 in Treviso. Arper is driven to promote its philosophy that privileges culture and sustainability of its choices, from selection of materials to their processing methods, from the care and respect for the environment to the ethical treatment of workers.
“By joining the group Guggenheim Intrapresæ, we want to contribute to the culture and the common good of civil society with a concrete gesture, as I am convinced that our actions are influenced by and affect all that is around us,” noted Claudio Feltrin Arper’s president and CEO. “We have always believed that companies must be socially responsible. For Arper being invited to this prestigious network was very important, so that we can actively contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and culture, which are the basis for building a better society to live in, now and in the future”.
Guggenheim Intrapresæ, the first and best known Italian private sponsorship project for a museum, was founded in 1992 as a strategic partnership between the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and a number of companies that share a passion for art and believe in investing in culture. The group is made up of twenty-two major companies that stand out for their commitment to cultural and social responsibility projects. “Peggy Guggenheim was one of the most charismatic figures in the history of twentieth-century art collecting, a great promoter of the art of her time” said Philip Rylands, director of the museum. "Her innovative, forward-looking and eclectic spirit inspires today all those companies that have chosen to embrace her vision and be associated with it, thereby enhancing the enjoyment of the art of today and tomorrow."