A simple gesture, a sensuous feel. The fluid form of Cilas 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.
Cilas’s easy shape blends into both residential and contract envi- ronments and is especially well suited for dining and entertaining contexts. Comfortable yet lightweight, Gota’s plastic shell can be cus- tomized in six 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.
Currently in development: a version of Cilas for the learning sector.
The chair is inspired by the sensation of a cloth wrapped against the body o ering protection and comfort––both an embrace and like a cape. The symbol of the cape lends dual resonance in an educational environment, evoking both the magician and the sage.
Organic geometry. Contemporary Classic. Sophisticated. Luxurious.
The Arcos collection is a restrained inter- pretation 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.
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.
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 53’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 53 is now available in a high backrest model with optio- nal armrests and plush padding to lend stately comfort and support to boardrooms, workplaces, home o ces, and conference rooms.
A new range of upholstery options, including a fully upholstered shell, delivers visual intrigue to an indelible design. With Catifa 53, elegance and comfort team up to get the job done.
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 so , uid soap 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 expands even further with new nishes and customizations. ick and substantial smoked glass tabletop options in round or rectangular shapes telecast understated allure. A new range of colors for the Fenix laminate top arrives 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.
New for 2016, Arper extends the functionality of the Parentesit range to include wall models with integrated technology and freestanding models. Architectural in scale, Parentesit Freestanding carves out
a three-dimensional space for concentration and privacy in shared workspaces. Parentesit Wall Panel is newly updated with a light
and sound system controllable via Bluetooth app for enhanced environmental control.
Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Parentesit was created with a dual inspiration of minimalist art and classic Japanese interiors. To shi this approach to an architectural scale, Parentesit Freestanding has become a screen, capable of dividing a room in half, or partitio- ning o a space for quiet, independent thought. Modular by design, each screen can be combined to realize new spatial compositions that reinforce or distinguish it from its architectural environment. e newly added technology available in Parentesit Wall Panel allows for the Parentesit range to increase the possibilities of a customizable environment while still retaining a visual signature across uses.
A system defined by a set of simple elements that can be composed and reorganized depending on the site. The system has been presented at Salone del Mobile, creating two very different expressions.
At Arper’s main booth, the system defines a piazza, surrounded by rooms wherein the furniture is shown, all covered in an opaque material. You can enter the rooms from the piazza, or via the connections between them. The idea is that we build an experience of visiting the pavilion, defining areas you have to approach and enter to experience. Each is a unique space that can be understood both as a room and a “building” within an urban landscape.
On the other hand, at Workplace 3.0, the same system works in really different ways, in form and also in materiality. A simple box
that plays with a translucent material in order to work with shadows and transparency. So totally, totally the opposite.
Studio Altherr was in charge of the creative direction and took care of the Styling concept, storytelling and finishes of both the I saloni and the EIMU booth.
Tempo is the result of a challenging idea:
different Lighting Archetypes built into a single system.
We analyzed and defined archetypes from different cultures and regions, concentrated on three, reduced these to their most essential expression and finally brought them together into a system of fixing elements such as hanging versions and different arms.
The challenge was to make it work as one single system, but maintain the identity of each archetype – finding a common balance within a family of individuals.
Lightness, the interplay of opacity, translucence and transparency, and atmosphere are central themes for the Tempo collection. Three different glass shapes offer varied lighting effects – one like a classic bulb under a reflector meant to send light to the floor; one like the classic opaline globe reinterpreted with a soft shape and blurred effect that mixes general with floor oriented light; and another is a reduction of the angular opaline lamps offering a diffuse general light. All of them respond to different expressions and lighting situations, and can be used with diverse pendant and arm solutions.
The structure can be interpreted in graphite black, broken white, matte gold and a soft grey-green. Together with the lamp shades the system allows endless interpretations.
Graphic geometry meets the nobility of an ancient stone column. Up to 3 stones in 4 diverse shades and textures are stacked upon each other like fractions of a column, allowing for uniform to contrasted compositions.
Shades range from white marble to black granite, while the expressivity can be further augmented by combining different tactile qualities such as a matte sandstone texture, a slightly irregular vertical lined texture, and a rough texture reminiscent of old stone floors.
Large mirrors paired with a smaller luminescent screen are evocative of the classic geometry in architecture. The collection is complemented by simple free standing metal towel rack.
Azuma translates the warm sensibility of the Japanese bath into a contemporary language. Artificial and natural elements are harmoniously combined.
The abstract white feel of Milltek - used for the sink and bathtub -becomes warmer through a soft shape and its combination with wood and cork.
Like a drop of falling water, it evolves from a circular top that gradually transitions into a square shape at its base.
Wooden bathtub trays recall large pebbles smoothed by the flow of water; wooden screens with vertical strips with mirrors allow the light to be modulated
with a continuous interplay of shadows, transparency or reflections, and are fitted with knobs and towel rails for hanging bathrobes and clothes.
The wooden clothes stand is an archetypal sign traced in the air. It is offered as a wall-mounted or free standing hanger and also as a stool with a high backrest that serves as a valet stand. The collection concludes with a series of small stools made from wood and cork - solid geometric shapes which replicate those of the washbasins and bathtub – that can be placed in the room as rocks in a Zen garden.
Fast makes a radical twist with the launch of 3 new outdoor collections by Lievore Altherr.
Wellknown for its expertise in cast aluminium of high quality and very reasonable prices, Fast introduces now a new material capable of recreating the natural harmony of wood while evoquing a warm and timeless atmosphere.
New-Wood Plan is a complete family of outdoor furnishings done with this solid and weather resistant materials built to stand the test of time as the seasons change. It includes a wide range of sofas, reclinable benches, high and low tables and stools. Zebra is a highly customizable seating collection in tune with nature. The outstanding versatility of aluminium is used here to accommodate a shape that is not a true representation of a plant or of an organic element but delicately evolved interpretation of natural forms. A set of tables named Maoi was made to create versatile combinations with all the chairs in Fast’s collections.
Action Giromari coordinated a workshop of 24 well-known designers invited to design a birdhouse - nest or feeder.
We started thinking about the functional necessities of birds: assure that the food won’t get wet with rain or snow and that the birds could feel protected and calm while they eat. This led us to the idea of a wide and generous roof, a symbol of protection. Hidden under its protective shape different sort of seed balls can be fixed to attract different kind of birds to respond to the kind of birds you’ll have in your environement.
To avoid birds walking inside the bird feeder so the food stays clean and healthy we added a light structure where birds could stand easily. It offers the pleasure to observe several birds at the same time.
Through the playful use of color the birdfeeder can adapt aesthetically to a variety of urban and natural contexts.
All factors are synthesized into a graphic sign that contrasts with and enhances natural or architectural environments.
The new collection brings past and present together by translating traditional forms into a modern language by reducing familiar furnishing elements to their essentials.
The inspiration came from traditional Shaker furniture, which evolved from a combination of natural materials, craftsmanship and an appreciation of simplicity. This warm minimalism is compatible with our times.
Mya is made entirely of classic, time-honoured, and sustainable materials. Solid oak is used for the simple, slender, rounded legs, crosspieces, and dovetail-jointed drawer elements. Real wood veneer is utilized for the other fronts and frames. The collection also features ceramic vanity components: a countertop with rounded edges and a sit-on washbasin which has a softly rounded shape that evokes a simple porcelain bowl.
The open storage space concept is equally simple and transparent, dispensing with anything superfluous. The vanity cabinet includes an open shelf for one or two drawers which, although permanently fitted, look as if they could be lifted off at any time. Care has been taken to conceal all of the hardware and joints.
The collection includes a stool, full-length mirror, towel rack, laundry hamper, and a room divider composed of the same basic elements as the vanity unit.
Wood and leather give Mya a sense of coziness and an aura of permanence: the idea of something that has been entrusted to us, reflecting both nature and a culture of simplicity.