Designing the World We Live In

How are we reducing the impact of shipping?

In 2018 we opened a new production facility in High Point, North Carolina, enabling us to operate with increased efficiency in production and distribution across the U.S., while reducing our carbon footprint.

As an Italy-based company operating globally, we recognize that this is only one of many steps in our journey to minimize our supply chain’s impact.

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How do certifications impact the industry?

Certifications are critical for both customers and companies. By defining rigorous benchmarks, certifications cause environmentally-conscious brands to evolve their processes and push for greater sustainability. Simultaneously, they help customers quickly decipher complex information and guarantee reliability.

For example, Greenguard certifies products for indoor air quality while the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification affirms responsible supply chain practices for wood products. The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) ecolabel establishes environmental performance requirements across a product’s entire life cycle.

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How can flexibility extend a product’s life?

Reduction, reuse, and recycling are central to sustainability, which is why we design products to be both flexible and timeless. We have explored what this means in practice with the Catifa 46.

Through a flexible component system of shells, bases, and accessories, the Catifa 46 is freed from a singular, rigid identity, extending its functionality across many uses and owners. At the end of its life it can be fully disassembled for improved recyclability.

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Fifteen years ago we established the Arper Environmental Department, our tentative first step as sustainability was emerging as the critical issue of our generation. The first act is accepting responsibility: we are part of the problem. We all are. Such a declaration demands a response: We’re designers, we engage problems, let’s start to design a responsible way forward.

The economic, intellectual, and practical considerations implied by the seemingly-simple term sustainability are overwhelmingly complex, but design is a process for engaging complexity. We begin by acknowledging that while we have more questions than answers, we come with diverse expertise and experiences. The more we share our challenges, the more opportunities we create for collective learning and insight. We apply the intelligence gained through ongoing, open dialogue to innovate new processes and products that reduce the environmental impact of material extraction, handling, manufacturing, shipping, use, and recycling.

It's not easy. There is no simple solution. It's a slow, meticulous process, a series of minor accomplishments in the face of the overwhelming climate crisis. But the enormity of the problem, and the dire consequences of inaction, demands a relentless vigilance and an unwavering commitment of time, skill, resources, and ideas. We accept our responsibility and pledge to be part of the solution.

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  • Case studies
Stacy

Stacy

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

16,8 Kg

Total Water Consumption

76,5 M3

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Aava

Aava

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Duna 02

Duna 02

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

18 Kg

Total Water Consumption

87,8 M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

80%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Juno

Juno

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

16 Kg

Total Water Consumption

46,3 M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

70%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Catifa 46

Catifa 46

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

24,7 Kg

Total Water Consumption

129 M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

29%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%

Design Philosophy

We design to improve relationships, including the most important one of all: humanity and our natural world. From the beginning, we have worked to strengthen this relationship through a principled approach to craft, embodied in our design ethos: the pursuit of the essential. We design durable, timeless furnishings, intended to transcend trend and serve diverse purposes over their extended lifetime. We value lightness and simplicity, aiming to reduce materials to a minimum. Our modular approach to construction reduces production complexity and creates opportunities for disassembly and component recycling. Finally, we weave soft technology, the subtle integration of intuitive ergonomic features, into every design, emphasizing natural interaction and improved functionality. Each of these is evocative in their own right of the minimal impact and intelligent design strategies essential to sustainability.

Industry Standards and Initiatives

"For the past fifteen years, we have used certifications as a measurable track record of our efforts. Simultaneously, we perform comprehensive Life Cycle Assessments on our products to ensure that they adhere both to industry standards and our own internal benchmarks. With these learnings, we analyze and share the implications of our products before they go into production. Transparency is paramount. We all deserve to know how much each product impacts the environment."

Recycling

Sustainability is an exercise in both aspiration and practicality. Through our core design principles we maintain the practical aspects of environmentally responsible creation–recyclability. Where possible we integrate new recycling methods into our work and offer products made in part from recycled materials. We design new products with an eye for end-of-life disassembly, because we know that when products can be taken apart, they are easier to recycle. We understand that recycling represents only a piece of sustainable action. That’s why we work every day to find better end of life solutions for our products.

Partnerships

Working with like-minded partners is integral to our process. Through close collaboration with designers, architects, academic institutions and organizations, we have been able to share our questions, insights, and expertise with each other. We recognize that we don’t have every answer, but when we join forces, we get closer to reaching our collective sustainability goals.

ISO 14001
Environmental Management System
UNI EN ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001 is the family of international standards that serve as the foundation of our environmental management policy dealing with water, energy, waste and carbon footprint

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
n. DNV-COC-001822

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification guarantees responsible forest management and maximum traceability of our wood products.

EPD Process Certification
(International EPD System – Sweden)

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) assess impact via transparent, comparable data, giving customers the power to make informed decisions.

International EPD® System

International EPD® System under the Swedish Environmental Management Council for some version of the collections: Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Duna 02, Babar, Juno, Stacy e Ginger.

Greenguard Certification

Greenguard certifies that our products meet chemical emissions limits for healthy indoor air quality. Greenguard Gold’s stricter criteria ensure our products are safe for education and healthcare spaces.

Greenguard Certification for the seatings of collections Aava, Aston, Babar, Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Catifa 60, Catifa 70, Catifa 80, Catifa Sensit, Colina, Duna 02, Juno, Kinesit, Leaf, Loop, Masai, Norma, Palm, Pix, Saari, Saya, Sean, Zinta.

GECA Certification
(Good Environmental Choice Australia)

The Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) ecolabel is one of the most rigorous, internationally-recognized certifications, signifying high sustainability performance.

GECA Certification (Good Environmental Choice Australia) for Leaf collection and Juno, Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Palm, Saya, Duna02, Ginger, Gher, Aava only for polypropylene, polyethylene and wood shell versions with aluminum and painted bases

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification guarantees responsible forest management and maximum traceability of our wood products.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for Aava 4 wood legs

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