| ARPER/ MILAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR 2006
Arper is an Italian company that was set up in the late eighties with a view to manufacturing and selling its own range of products in Italy and overseas. Before its inception, the founders had gained many years' experience supplying finely crafted leather items to outside parties. Arper's expertise in producing high quality leather chairs proved to be the key to the company's immediate success with the public. Consequently the management soon decided to extend its product range to include items created with other materials in order to satisfy the needs of increasingly demanding consumers and expanding marketplaces. This corporate decision did not only focus on quality and safety, but also included design and aesthetics.
In the late nineties the company began to invest heavily in technological innovation and research on new materials with a view to further extending its offering to other sectors. This decision was also motivated by the fact that its collaborators included world-renowned designers like Alberto Lievore.
Before going into production, all the models undergo strict testing in order to guarantee conformity with the most important standards, resistance to all types of stress, and excellent wear over time. That is why Arper was one of the first companies in the industry to obtain the UNI EN ISO 9002 certification.
Today, Arper is renowned for its ability to interpret the needs and trends of the international marketplace. The chair and table collections it offers are able to satisfy the differing requirements of the home, contract and office furnishing sectors. Arper's approach results in natural, sensual, functional and exacting designs.
Reconfirming Arper's continuing long-term collaboration with the Lievore-Altherr-Molina design partnership, 2006 sees the completion of the acclaimed Catifa and Leaf collections, with a series of lounge chairs for both the home and contract use. With the Lievore-Altherr-Molina partnership sit alongside new designs by Jean-Marie Massaud and Simon Pengelly.
Catifa 46. The multi-functional Catifa 46 is available in double-curved plywood, mono and bi-colour polypropylene as well as upholstered in fabric, leather or hide. The Catifa 46 range has been further extended to include new variants and a new stainless steel finish on the 4-leg model.
Catifa 53. Following on from the success of the Catifa 46 collection, Arper have applied their double-curved wood technology to the Catifa 53 model. Available in wengè, natural and bleached oak finishes.
Catifa 53 Bench. The Catifa 53 collection has been enhanced by the addition of a new bench seating system available in 2, 3 or 4 seat versions - the perfect solution for public waiting areas. Equipped with arms and side tables and also available in corner versions.
Catifa 70. The new lounge chair maintains all the trademark style and elegance of the existing Catifa collection. Catifa 70 is equipped with padded seat covered in a choice of fabric or leather and supported by a central base in painted steel. Matching footstool also available.
Catifa 80. This new version enhances both the domestic and office environment. Catifa 80 is the wider version of the lounge chair Catifa and is differentiated by its low back. The central or sled base structure comes in painted steel.
The Leaf is a synthesis of organic and ergonomic form. The collection has been further extended by the introduction of the Leaf stackable chair, Leaf Lounge chair and Leaf Chaise longue. All varieties come with steel structure and are available in a chrome finish or outdoor resistant painted steel in: green, white or mocha. A series of cushions realised in leather or synthetic materials increases the versatility of the collection that is suitable for both domestic and outdoor environments.
Dizzie, always by Lievore-Altherr-Molina, a collection of tables with tabletops in lacquered MDF available in oval, square and round versions and central structure in painted steel. This collection creates functional solutions for every space - domestic or contract. Available in an elegant shade of mocha with lacquered finish.
Aston, by Jean-Marie Massaud, which has interpreted the Arper trademarks of naturalness and elegance, in the new Aston collection lounge chair: the first in a series of seating solutions characterised by soft lines and a contemporary form. Lounge chair with central swivel structure in polished aluminium or painted finish. Polyurethane seat available covered in numerous varieties of fabric or leather. Designed for contract use but equally appropriate for the domestic space, the Aston chair comes with a matching footstool.
Babar, by Simon Pengelly, barstool with soft integral polyurethane seat and plastic covering. Height adjustable with satin-finish stainless steel stand. Simon Pengelly has adopted the same Arper design principles in the design of the stool, with an informal, yet stylish aesthetic aimed at a young target market.
About the last seasons Arper we signaled:
the Dream and Pamplona collections - by Gianantonio Perin and Giorgio Topan. Pamplona, which is still being produced with success, and whose first model was created in 1992. The product exemplifies the company's growth in the use of other materials, such as aluminium and polypropylene, for home and contract use.
1998 to 2002 was the period in which the company launched the Corte - by Rodolfo Dordoni -, the Oasi, Ston, Palm, Norma and Duna seats - which came out in 1998, was the product that marked the beginning of a very successful cooperation with studio Lievore-Altherr-Molina, that has resulted in chairs that have become symbols in the history of design, thanks to the unrivalled use of materials and finishes whose timeless appeal will never date. Arper's Duna collection includes chairs with upholstered rotation-moulded shell in leather or in fabric.
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