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Life is beautiful: Arper at Clerkenwell Design Week 2023

During this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, Arper reveals its latest collections designed by Ichiro Iwasaki, García Cumini, Doshi Levien and Antti Kotilainen.

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From 23 – 25 May Arper joins the 14th edition of Clerkenwell Design Week with an engaging programme of events bringing its Clerkenwell Road showroom to life and offering visitors interesting insights and exciting networking opportunities.

Wednesday evening will host a debate exploring environmental impact in furniture whilst promoting a constructive dialogue between manufacturers, A&D practices and dealers. Panellists include Andrea Mulloni, Head of Sustainability at Arper; Ana Rita Martins, Senior Associate and Sustainability Lead at Woodalls; and Phil Towle, Head of Sustainability and Supply Chain at The Furniture Practice.

The newly restyled Clerkenwell showroom will also explore Arper’s new concept Life is Beautiful, a reflection on the meaning of beauty. Visitors can explore a selection of fluid settings, aiming to ‘encompass everyday life’s activities in a positive, soft and colourful way.’

Latest 2023 collections on display will include:

Ralik by Ichiro Iwasaki

A pouf, seat with backrest, and bench, Ralik is a fully modular system with elements that can be used in conjunction or apart.  The collection includes six seating components: a pouf, seat with backrest, and bench – all available in one and two seat configurations. These components can be used together or apart, working in small clusters or coming together for a larger composition.

Seating elements and adjoining tables include charging outlets for use at home, in office or in public spaces. Distinctive L-shaped recycled polypropylene legs give the modules a light sculptural effect and access underneath for cleaning. Both upholstery and legs are offered in a variety of colors to mix and match. The collection is fully disassemblable with removable upholstery for easy reuse or recycling.

Roopa by Doshi Levien

A simple and joyful form, the Roopa side table celebrates small, significant details. Essential shapes form a sculptural signature that complement Shaal or other Arper collections. Finished with an attention to surface and texture, the contrast between matte frame and high gloss table top is both playful and sophisticated.

Finished in warm grey, midnight blue, forest green or Jaipur pink, the table complements Shaal colorways, or can provide an elegant accent to any space. Slight angles to the legs add a subtle, sculptural signature. Roopa is fully disassemblable for proper recycling, made with FSC-certified and European-sourced MDF.

Aava 02 by Antti Kotilainen

The classic minimalism of the Aava chair has been imagined in new, sustainable materials. Made from both a durable and beautiful post-consumer plastic and virgin polypropylene in a new palette of colours designed to complement other Arper collections. The full range of chairs and stools can now be finished in this new material, as well as a range of FSC-certified wood, or with upholstery in multiple styles. Fully upholstered seats are designed without glue, so that parts may be easily separated for recycling or reuse.

Semiton by García Cumini

Endlessly customisable and finished on all sides for nomadic use, the Semiton is an adaptive piece that adds structure, surface, and storage to any space. Different shelving and storage modules along with a broad range of finishes provide almost infinite configurations, that can be expanded with further modules in order to adapt to different needs and demands.

Modules can be finished individually in a broad palette of MDF in bold colours or with wood veneer, for a playful design or subtle monochrome effect. Bases are made of aluminum and tabletops are available in a range of wood veneer. The modules are finished on all sides for nomadic use anywhere in a space and hidden cable management preserves the integrity of the overall aesthetic. All components are fully disassemblable and reconfigurable, designed for longevity.

Shaal by Doshi Levien

Structured and soft, designers Doshi Levien were inspired by the feeling and form of a warm embrace. The addition of a daybed, chaise and ottoman offer new functionality and form to residential, hospitality and lounge settings. All the modules can combine leather and fabric finishes from the Shaal’s broad range, with the exception of the ottoman, which comes only in its monomaterial version. Shaal is fully disassemblable with removable cushion upholstery for easy refurbishment and maintenance.

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