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Giovanni Peracin is the new Group Brand & Marketing Director of Arper, the Treviso-based company that creates exclusive furnishings (chairs, tables, and other accessories) for community, work and home. Arper continues along the path of consolidating its organizational structure, with the aim of strengthening one of the company's strategic development guidelines.
“We are very happy that Giovanni has joined the team” says Claudio Feltrin, Arper’s President. “We are confident that he will bring innovation and creativity to the company, thanks to his international background, also matured in different sectors. We strongly believe that drawing on experiences that are not strictly related to furniture can enhance our success. A different take on the dynamics we know can really make the difference. In this sense, Arper is a true container of experiences, which we invest on to get best results. I will work closely with Giovanni and the whole team to define together the future Arper.” Mr Vincenzo Rivizzigno, the Managing Director, and the entire Group’s Top Management also give their welcome to Mr Peracin, confident that his new role will further contribute to their growth.
Giovanni Peracin was born in Padua. A graduate in Political Science, he has gained international experience holding positions of increasing responsibility in Brand, Marketing, Communication and Sales for fashion companies the like of Levi Strauss and Loewe (LVMH Group) in Spain. After a decade spent abroad, he came back to Italy where he furthered his professional career holding the role of Marketing & Sales Director for VF CORP. He then became Playlife Business Unit Director in the Benetton Group and Senior Vice-President Marketing in Geox SpA.
"Arper is a Brand with a great personality, innovative spirit and a strong international presence. I unreservedly share the values on which it is based, and I am sure that together we can further the growth of this exciting company” says Giovanni Peracin.
From 17-22 April, Arper will participate in the Salone del Mobile in Milan, and present its collections in the exhibition space dedicated to furniture and design companies (Hall 16 – stand C29 D30). An area of nearly 900 square metres will allow visitors to discover new designs, previews, and a selection of Arper’s iconic products through an immersive experience that fully expresses our brand’s identity. The narration resumes from “Together”, a key word that places relationships at the center of the design system and summarizes Arper’s six values: Balance, Intuition, Family, Color, Lightness, and Play, which will take form in each room through a dialogue between collections and setting.
Arper has constantly been open to suggestions and new ideas, mindful of how much design in every form affects our daily life. This has inspired Arper to carry out a new project for this year’s Salone del Mobile: a series of interviews to distinguished members of the cultural sector and the creative industries, who have been invited to share their personal take on the Arper values (Balance, Intuition, Family, Colour, Lightness, Play). Their interpretations, based on their fields of expertise, have then contributed to identify a common ground amongst multiple perspectives. Among the personalities who took part in the project are Karole Vail, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Deyan Sudjic, Director of The Design Museum, London; Umberto Basso, Managing Director, AKQA Italy; and Dominik Tarabanski, photographer.
A selection of extracts from the interviews will be available at the stand, guiding visitors in their exploration of the Arper’s world. The project will continue throughout the Salone engaging visitors who will be asked to express their point of view on the values they feel closer to. In the following months the project will be featured on our web site and social media channels, with dedicated content and digital productions. The synthesis of Arper’s values will also take form in the Milan showroom through KIIK, the new project by Ichiro Iwasaki, which offers a natural continuation to the narration experienced at the Arper’s booth at the fair.
News Kiik, design by Iwasaki Design Studio, 2018 Islands for gathering. Constellations for activity. Kiik is created for the spaces between entry and departure, between waiting and doing. This modular collection of seating, tables, ottomans, and consoles creates moments for working, gathering, or relaxation in graphic forms with myriad configurations. Kiik has been created to address the needs of waiting rooms, university lounges, workspaces, meeting areas, and mixed-use spaces. Its modular nature and material finish specification options make it a complementary addition to any context. Kiik’s fundamental structures can be created with seats with and without backrests and tables in triangular, circular, square or rectangular shapes and completed with ottomans and low or raised consoles. Upholstery options in a variety of textures and colors create a unique expression appropriate to the space. Combine diverse configurations together for a dynamic effect, or create patterns with a repeated form. Kiik is ideally suited for any contract use to create bespoke spaces, to pause, to work, to meet.
Preview Paravan, design by Lievore Altherr, 2018 A perimeter to define space. Paravan is sculptural in form and architectural in execution, both articulating and creating space. Like parentheses to enclose a conversation, Paravan creates intimacy in open areas with sound absorbing panels to support focus, concentration, and collaboration. The Paravan collection is a modular language of panels that can be combined to create new expressions to delineate space. From basic quadrants to elegant curvatures, from linear forms to irregular repetitions, Paravan lends pattern, rhythm and color to wide open spaces. Options for straight or rounded corners create aesthetic variety while kaleidoscopic material finishes ensure the collection can be customized to meet the needs of any space. The Paravan collection is ideally suited for lounge, co-working, or contract use and features an optional coat-hanger or shelf for added functionality. The graceful lines and graphic color combinations match the entire Arper family of collections for a unified integrity of expression in large spaces.
Collection Updates Dizzie, design by Lievore Altherr Molina, 2004 The Dizzie collection expands to include new white Italian marble tabletops. Sleek and sophisticated, the marble tabletops are available in a bar and side table size, with two height options for each version. A sumptuous finish to Dizzie’s organic silhouette for home, hospitality, and contract uses. Table bases are available in chrome or white-lacquered steel. White MDF or laminate tops are available in large, small, round or square oval. The h 50 version with oval base is available lacquered in four vibrant colors––moka, red, sand and black––in addition to white. The Dizzie marble tabletops are available in bar or side table size, and with two height variations each. The bases for size tables are available in noir sable and white; the bases for bar tables are available in white only.
Arcos, design by Lievore Altherr, 2017 The Arcos collection grows to include a three-seat option. This new couch is expansive in form and minimal in expression. Retaining the same cast aluminum armrests that evoke classical archways and architecture, this new version provides generous length to comfortably accommodate three. Arcos is available in four seating configurations: chair, lounge chair, two-seat or three-seat sofa. Each is created with a sled base and integrated armrests made of polished or powder-coated aluminum. The shell can be upholstered in a wide selection of material finishes, with matching powder-coated armrests. Because of the four options for seating, the Arcos collection can be combined or repeated to create many different seating environments for hospitality, residential, and contract use.
Cross, design by Metrica, 2014 Cross is now available at a new height, 105 cm, and with two tabletop shapes available: table for creative and collaborative meeting and console for quick and informal moments. Both will be available in two sizes in white Fenix laminate and with optional socket towers. The table’s substantial length, both minimal and architectural, features a sturdy structure with ample space to create. A central outlet allows computers to plug in accommodating the ever- changing needs of the dynamic, contemporary office. Cross offers a flexible, supportive workspace or meeting space with sleek, consummate style. Myriad finishes and accessories make Cross table adaptable to any environment—for work, for home, for creativity.
Pix, design by Ichiro Iwasaki, 2010 Pix Cubo ottomans in graphic square and rectangular silhouettes evoke the spirit of play. Like building blocks, the soft, modular poufs--available in all the colors of the rainbow--can be arranged in endless compositions for home or contract. It’s comfort with a light touch. Available in square or rectangular silhouettes, Pix Cubo is modular and generous, and blends beautifully with the Pix and Kiik collections to offer even more versatility.
Duna 02, design by Lievore Altherr Molina, 2014 Duna’s timeless silhouette is like a soft, enveloping flower—evoking the feeling of being held by a blossom. To complement Duna’s source of inspiration, Duna has been reimagined in sustainably-made shell options made in a 100% recycled post-industrial material. Inspired by nature, in the service of nature. The eco-friendly version is compatible with 4 leg base, in powder-coated steel or wood, and is available in anthracite color.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2018 Milan Fairgrounds, Rho 17th-22nd April 2018 Pavilion 16 Stand C29 D30 Fuori Salone Special event: Together 18th April 06.30 am to 09.30 pm Arper Showroom Via Pantano 30 20122 Milan
Leading Italian furniture manufacturer Arper will attend the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018. Arper will present its latest collections together with iconic products, all set within an inspired space created in collaboration with the Barcelona-based architectural office Maio, and with Jeanette Altherr, Creative Director of Arper.
Arper presents “Together” as the leading concept for this year’s edition of the Stockholm Furniture Fair offering a new take and further exploration of the concept first presented at the 2017 Salone del Mobile. “Together” is a new perspective that places relationships at the center of design: the relationship between objects, which are expressed through the synergistic design of shells, bases, accessories, materials and colors; 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, colors, and fabrics that work together flexibly and fluidly in order to achieve top results,” says Claudio Feltrin, Arper President and CEO.
Scandinavia is a very relevant market for Arper. The Arper showroom in Banérgatan in Stockholm has been representing a hub to meet the local design community since it first opened its doors in 2012. Now the company returns to the Stockholm furniture fair, an unmissable appointment of the international design calendar.
A selection of the company's collections, from design icons to most recent news, will be displayed at the stand located at A25: 20. Among the news of the year: Catifa Up, Cila, the Meety table, and Arcos collection of armchairs and sofa.
"Nordic design is the ultimate source of inspiration to us,” says Claudio Feltrin. “We aim at meeting the elegance and the essence of Nordic shapes and materials with our collections. Our presence at the furniture fair in Stockholm will give us the opportunity to present Arper brand, thus also representing an occasion to meet our Scandinavian audience, surrounded by comfort and beauty.”
Press event in Arper’s stand
The Stockholm Furniture Fair is scheduled for 6-10 February 2018 at the Stockholm Fair.
On February 6th, between 2 and 4 pm, the press is welcome to join the open house at the Arper stand ( A25: 20 ) to meet Arper’s Communications Manager, Stefania Zamuner, and hear her talking about the company and the collections. Please confirm your presence to: [email protected]
Arper New Collections at the Stockholm Furniture Fair:
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.
Catifa Up is the latest addition to the Catifa family. A seating collection that has grown organically thoughout the years: since its orginal conception in 1999, Catifa has included six different collections with variations in finish and form, yet has never lost its essential identity. Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Catifa 60, Catifa 70, Catifa 80 and Catifa Sensit, all designed by the Spanish studio LAM, (Lievore Altherr as of April 2016). Complementary, yet singular, Compatible, yet distinctive. Together yet alone, Catifa offers a sensuous synthesis of function and form.
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 five 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.
Meety, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, 2016
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 has expanded 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.
In addition to that, further collections will be completing Arper’s presence at the Stockholm Furniture Fair: Aava chairs, Parentesit acoustic wall mounted and freestanding panels, Dizzie tables, Zinta sofas and Pix ottomans.
Aava, design by Antti Kotilainen, 2013
Aava transforms an essential and efficient form to evocative through the texture and warmth of wood. Soft curves yield a contemporary silhouette that is both striking yet sensitive, an adaptive form that can speak or assimilate to any environment. Made for both residential and contract use, Aava’s wooden shell and base are fabricated in a diverse range of materials, colors and finishes. Pre-compound wood skillfully milled in variable thickness and sheathed in veneer to accentuate its sinuous silhouette, its shell is available in a range of materials.
The Aava collection includes also a stool option. Available in two heights, Aava’s contemporary silhouette is now available in a wooden base that expresses the warmth of materiality. Compatible with both the polypropylene and wooden shells, the new base is available in natural birch effect, natural oak color, natural walnut color and beech-wood to match the colorways of the wooden shells. Aava can be further specified with polypropylene armrests, seat cushions or frontal upholstery for plastic shells and pads for easy stacking. Visually striking, these textures combine to create an adaptive form sensitive to any environment.
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Arper is an Italian furniture company founded in 1989, which distinguished itself right from the start for its innovative products and state of the art processes, as well as for its international approach.
The end of the 1990s marks a fundamental milestone for the company's development, when Arper started its partnerships with the Spanish design Studio Lievore Altherr Molina (Lievore Altherr as of April 2016). This collaboration led to a fortunate series of long sellers such as Catifa chair collection, Kinesit task chair, Saya, Colina, Duna 02, Leaf seating systems, Zinta and Loop sofas and Yop and Wim tables. Arper has collaborated with renowned designers such Antti Kotilainen, Ichiro Iwasaki, Simon Pengelly and Metrica.
The DNA of the brand, which approaches design as a means of action and communication, expresses itself through a special focus on color and system flexibility, in a constant dialogue between form and function.
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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.
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Lievore Altherr Molina
Lievore Altherr Molina was founded by Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr and Manuel Molina in 1991. Their humanist design approach is informed by the fundamental desire for pure, beautiful forms derived from the constraints of function, technology and context.
They are the recipients of the prestigious National Design Award (1999) in Spain. Lievore Altherr Molina have created some of our most influential and beloved collections such as Catifa, Duna and Leaf.
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The Spanish design studio Lievore Altherr begins in 2016 after a 25 year trajectory as Lievore Altherr Molina.
The Barcelona-based studio specializes in product design & development, strategic consulting, creative direction, art direction, and architecture for internationally recognized design companies.
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Design Office Antti Kotilainen was founded 1997 in Helsinki. Specializing in furniture design his studio also provides product design as well as complete visual concepts ranging from graphic to spatial design.
Characteristic for Kotilainen’s design work is organic functionalism set to meet contemporary qualifications. Behind his work is a drive to refine technical issues and details – of the manufacturing process and the applicability alike – into aesthetics of the final product. His aim is to compose designs that look as effortless as they look essential.
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