Through the new collections that Arper presented at the Salone del Mobile, the brand set out to explore contemporary life and its complexities, offering a new perspective summed up in the concept Life is Beautiful. A beauty to be understood as a deep and dense quality of meaning, to be sought in nature and its ability to change, but also in the moments spent with the people you love or in the contentment you feel at the sensation that everything is exactly in the right place. The beauty of those who are aware that they are committed to safeguarding the Planet for the benefit of future generations.
Safeguarding the Planet has always been a central theme in the company's approach to design, as underlined by the words of CEO, Roberto Monti: "As an organisation, we aim to become an example of responsible business, where sustainability permeates the company's culture, before processes and products. At this year's Salone del Mobile we carried this message. The stand was mainly made of textiles and curtains, thus reducing the use of construction materials, and recovered last year's design where possible. Our collections are the result of the implementation of more sustainable technologies and processes, with a view to continuous improvement'.
Among the collections exhibited at the fair, two bear the signature of Doshi Levien: the first, Roopa, is completely new, while the second, Shaal, has been expanded with a series of elements that amplify its nature devoted to absolute comfort.
Playful and sophisticated
Roopa is a table whose essential, sculptural forms dialogue easily with both Shaal and other Arper creations. Its finishes reveal a peculiar attention to texture and surfaces, while the contrast between the matt Mdf structure (FSC-certified of European origin) and the semi-transparent glass top with a glossy finish generate an effect that is both playful and sophisticated. Connoted by the slightly angled legs that guarantee an architectural effect, Roopa is available in warm grey, midnight blue, forest green or Jaipur pink, and is totally disassembled to ensure ease of reuse and recycling.
Shaal is a modular collection that now expands to accommodate a chaise longue, a dormeuse and a pouf, ideal for home spaces as well as an office or the hospitality sector. They are elements that adapt to everyone's way of life, offering enveloping support for every occasion. All modules are available in the Shaal range of finishes and can combine leather and fabric, except for the pouf, which is only available in a single-material version. Shaal is completely disassemblable and the cushion covers are removable to facilitate maintenance and proper disposal at the end of its life.
Photos: Salva Lopez.