Objects with a strong identity, but able to fit into different environments, always resulting in harmony with the context. Modular projects to create infinite configurations to suit any design and stylistic needs. The innovations presented by Arper on the occasion of Salone del Mobile, always taking into account the issue of sustainability throughout the product life cycle.
Ghia, the tables to organize the room
Versatility, balance and sustainability are the keywords in the coffee table collection Graveldesigned by Altherr Désile Park, whose wide variety of shapes and finishes allows you to create endless combinations, able to adapt to any environment and seat. The bases, available in three heights, can have a single central support or three legs, while the tops are wide, with an organic shape, but also small or medium-sized circular. “We wanted to create a system of tables which is expressed in harmony with the Arper seating collections, which cater to the contract, but increasingly also to the home. The collection was to be a mat that could combine different spaces and styles, ”say the designers. “It meant going in search of one balance between organic and geometric shapes, which introduces a warmer and more tactile aesthetic, in line with Arper’s approach to materials and color. Each table should be neutral and versatile, but at the same time have its own personality. Two concepts that are difficult to co-exist in a single piece of furniture, but this has been a stimulus for the development of a system of modular elements “.
“The aesthetics of the Ghia coffee tables can be interpreted in different ways simply by playing with the dimensions, the bottom and the finishes” the designers explain about the large the versatility of the collection, which can fit into the most diverse environments, from the living room to the sleeping area, as well as in public spaces such as halls, coworking, hotels. “For example, a more neutral and delicate table provides space for an iconic sofa. Or in the spaces where liveliness is entrusted to smaller objects, the choice of an expressive top like the one on the terrace highlights the atmosphere in a certain way, while the use of wood emphasizes a different type of atmosphere, softer, warmer “.
Also there search for balance is a basic design principle. “This collection is based on balance. Our idea was that the Ghia collection should relate furniture of organic inspiration to others that are more formal or inspired by the industrial language, ”the designers explain. “To achieve this, we worked very carefully with the balance between geometries and natural elements. The table can be in the foreground or faded into the background, it can be delicate or sculptural. It is a balance that belongs to the table, both alone and in combination “with the other collections in the Arper catalog. Finally, it is in balance with what we expect from space. These tables relate to the environment with a delicate language, inspire a relaxed feeling of well-being”.
The work with wood was the starting point in choice of materialsto bring warmth and materiality to the range, but also for the purpose of sustainability, which favors local resources to cope with the current supply difficulties. Own in natural colors (European and FSC-certified) is flanked by the terrazzo, elegant and timeless, in a light and a darker shade. “When we looked at the materials available nearby, we arrived at the patio, one of the oldest techniques for recycling waste materials. It was invented in the sixteenth century in Veneto, the region in Italy where Arper is based, ”the designers actually say.
Shaal, a new type of padding
From the collaboration with the London studio Doshi Levien derived from Shal, which expands the collection of Arper sofas with the aim of bringing the tactility and warmth of home to any room, from home to contract. Generous, yet easy, stable, yet adaptable, sustainable, yet valuable: its identity is based on dualism and on uniting the demands of different worlds to achieve something that was not yet there. “The first thing we asked ourselves was how we could create a new type of upholstery, something that would go to cover a hole, a shortage in the market, ”explains Nipa Doshi. “We wanted to design something for Arper that was comfortable in both living and working environments, also because these two worlds in terms of. see and feel, they are getting closer and closer ”. Jonathan Levien repeats her: “It is the most exciting part of our work to unite worlds and try to create a hybrid between different universes”.
Another aspect that has had great significance is that of sustainability, taking into account the entire life cycle of the upholstery. “How would the components be recycled? How would the materials have been separated in the recycling phase?” asked the designers in the design by Shaal. “We had to get the product to think the other way around … Designing in a sustainable way is challenging for the design industry as a whole, because everything around us potentially needs to be rethought … And there are incredible opportunities to create innovation “explains Levien. Hence not a single piece, but a system whose components could be easily disassembled.
Shaal’s dualistic character also stems from the meeting between Arper’s identity and that of the designers. Levien puts it this way: “Arps have a very recognizable visual identity which in our opinion is very linear and clear, like a beautifully tailored suit … But also we as a studio have our own personal visual expression. The challenge, therefore, was to combine our style with something that took place in the Arper world. Arper products are very light, so we had to create a sofa that reflected the feeling of lightness, as if it was floating or sliding on the floor ”.
Shaal’s system consists of six basic modules, each designed to stand alone or combined to create standard or custom configurations. “Modularity it makes it possible to insert the sofa in different contexts, as well as in work spaces, as with the current changes in the way people work, it incorporates more and more softness and comfort in the interior design, ”explains Levien. “We have noticed that there is a great need for variety and diversity in the workplace, especially after the pandemic.”
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