Mixu chairs by Arper with Gensler

Arper to showcase new and classic chairs at Salone del Mobile

Dezeen promotion: Italian furniture brand Arper is exhibiting a curated selection of its chairs and sofas at this year's Salone del Mobile, including its production of Lina Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair.

Arper's new ranges launching at the Supersalone, which is taking place from 5-10 September, will include Kata, Kinesit Met, Mixu, Adell and Aston Club.

A photograph of two bowl-like chairs in brown
Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair will be shown in a special exhibition. The photo is by Ruy Teixeira

The brand's iconic product collections on show will be Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Cila, Saya, Leaf and Steeve.

This selection, which will also be on display at Arper's showroom on Via Pantano 30, has been made to align with an overarching theme called Re(new) Together.

A photograph of a cream and wooden chair
The Kata chair is another new range on show

"(Re)new Together aims to stimulate a reflection on relationships in all shapes and forms," said the brand. "Relationships between objects, people and the environment that surrounds us and beckons our attention."

The new Kata range comprises solid wood lounge chairs designed for Arper by Barcelona design studio Altherr Désile Park, which also designed the shell-like Adell chair with Lievore.

Adell's seat is made from 80 per cent recycled polypropylene while Kata's is crafted from a tailor-made 3D knit textile made from recycled polyester and converted into lightweight and durable fibres.

Jean Marie Massaud designed the Aston Club lounge chair, which is composed of an adjustable backrest and four-legged base in shiny or painted aluminium.

"Each component of the Aston Club lounge chair can be disassembled and reupholstered as needed to ensure the longevity of the piece and reduce its environmental impact," explained the brand.

A selection of colourful chairs
Adell chairs feature a shell-like seat

The Mixu collection includes chairs and stools designed with US architecture studio Gensler. Designers can customise the chair by mixing and matching materials and colours.

The Kinesit Met is an evolution of the Kinesit office chair design by Lievore Altherr Molina in 2014, which is now available in a new colour palette.

According to Arper, these newest products have been chosen as they demonstrate the brand's commitment to material recycling and reuse.

A purple office chair
Aston Club chairs have a four-legged base. The photo is by Frederik Vercruysse

Meanwhile, Arper's classic products Catifa 53, Catifa 46, Cila, Saya, Leaf and Steeve are designed for flexibility and are intended to portray the brand's effort to create furniture that can be adapted to "ever-changing requirements".

Also on show is Steeve – a modular sofa system designed by Jean-Marie Massaud in 2015 for use in both home and work environments.

A photograph of a green and navy chair at a table
Cila is one of the classic furniture ranges on display

The Catifa 53 chair, which was also made for residential and commercial spaces, features a curved seat and slender clean-cut profile. It is designed by studio Lievore Altherr Molina, which also created Catifa 46 – the "little sister of Catifa 53" that has the same profile but is smaller in size.

Lievore Altherr Molina also designed Cila, a collection of chairs with curved polypropylene shells. Also on display is Saya – a wooden chair that boasts a graphic quality.

The final classic range on show is Leaf, which comprises stackable chairs made from painted steel with a sledge-like base alongside matching minimalist tables.

As part of Arper's presence throughout the Supersalone edition of Salone del Mobile, the brand will also pay homage to Bo Bardi in a special exhibition located in a pop-up space adjacent to its current showroom.

A cream-coloured sofa
Steeve is a modular sofa system. The photo is by Marco Covi

This exhibition, named Lina Bo Bardi In Full Color, will focus on Bardi's Bowl Chair that she designed in 1951 and feature models upholstered in Rubelli fabrics, launched in 2021.

Arper's exhibition spaces at Salone del Mobile have been developed with the artistic direction of Jeannette Altherr and are styled by Leandro Favaloro.

A photograph of different chairs in various colours
The Mixu collection was designed with Gensler

Arper will host a series of events at its showroom through the festival, including a panel discussion with Altherr, Massaud and Daniel Stromborg and a cocktail party.

The brand's showcase will be located in pavilion 4, hall D02. To find out more visit the Arper website.

The photography is by Salva Lopez unless stated.


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Saya chairs by Arper
Catifa 53 chair
Leaf tables and chairs by Arper
Catifa 43 chair
Bowl Chair by Lina Bo Bardi
Photo is by Macofilm