Catifa: seven collections, one family

Spoon Family© Scheltens & Abbenes

What is the essence of family?
Is it a physical attribute—a similarity in looks, a variation on a visual theme that links its members together? Or is it something deeper? A shared history and outlook that leads to a way of navigating the world that’s recognizably unique?

Univers diagram & cheese family© Scheltens & Abbenes

All of these are true. But family also has to do with unity within diversity—the cultivation of similar values embedded in a variety of formal expressions and possible uses.
The concept of the Catifa Family – Catifa 45, 53, 60, 70 and 80 – is that of an undulating plane shaped to support a body. An extensive system for both contract and residential applications, Catifa is available as a chair, lounge, stool or bench with custom finishes, fabrics and leathers, bases and accessories.

Scheltens Arper Catifa Family© Scheltens & Abbenes

Catifa 46 is the little sister of Catifa 53. Same sleek profile with a crisp, casual efficiency that is for designed for contract use and spaces that require slightly smaller scale. Extremely flexible, Catifa 46 extends the palette of finishes, bases and accessories for customization to accommodate an almost limitless array of contract applications without altering its essential character.

Catifa 53 is the original: the inspiration that extends to Arper itself. The graceful curved seat and sleek profile are the ultimate synthesis: conceptual purity is achieved through the reduction of the superfluous without loss of sensuality. Utilizing a wide range of finishes, bases and accessories, this almost-universal form may be customized for diverse applications and contexts without altering its essential character.

Featuring the same soft, emblematic Catifa form, Catifa 60 adds more generous proportions and performance. With a variable-height backrest and broad, accommodating seat it is equally distinguished in an office, a boardroom or a stylish home.

Catifa 70 distills the essence of a lounge chair into a slender, ethereal form. Its distinctive, delicate curve creates an intimate space for home or office.

Catifa 80 is a light, low lounge chair with a pronounced horizontal character. Its reduced profile and wide seat are generous without being heavy or bulky. On its own it is a quiet, comfortable resting place or, grouped, a serene space for waiting or gathering.

Whether nuclear or extended, gathered under one roof or spread out across the world, our family bears a distinct—and deeply thoughtful—design DNA.

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