April 17, 2015

Quality Over Quantity at Arper’s Salone Booth

Arper STEEVE 1 Ph Credits Marco Covi

Steeve by Arper. Photo by Marco Covi.

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It’s a case of quality over quantity at



Salone del Mobile

booth this year. Launching two new pieces—a sofa by

Jean-Marie Massaud

and an acoustic wall panel system by Barcelona-based design trio

Lievore Altherr Molina

—the Italian office furniture heavyweight has kept its display clean, bright, light and simple.

Taking center stage is Massaud’s new modular Steeve sofa. Slender but statuesque, Steeve is made up of three components—a bench, armchair and sofa—that can be reconfigured to cater to a variety of spaces. Its seamless arm and back covers are stretched to fit the frame, so no need for complex and overly fussy upholstery here. A choice of various different bases and different cushion dimensions make it highly adaptable too.

Arper PARENTESIT 1 Ph Credits Marco Covi

Parentesit by Arper. Photo by Marco Covi.

Providing the perfect backdrop for proceedings are Lievore Altherr Molina’s new Parentesit acoustic wall panels in sharp geometric shapes and poppy colors to match the upholstery pieces on display. More than just pretty shapes, the panels are designed to reduce extraneous background noise and create spaces for quiet concentration. In addition, they can be customized with lighting elements and embedded with speakers.

A perfect partner for the Parentesit panels, the light and minimal Kinesit task chair, also by Lievore Altherr Molina (debuted at last year’s


show in Cologne) has had adjustable armrests added for its Milan outing. Other ergonomic features are less visible and have been hidden away inside Kinesit’s thin frame—an adjustable lumbar support is concealed within the backrest and a built-in mechanism under the seat provides synchronized movement while allowing users to adjust the height. Upholstery is available in Arper’s full range of colors, but we especially liked the two-tone versions that the brand expertly picked out for its Salone showcase.

Arper Kinesit 2 Ph Credits Marco Covi

Kinesit by Arper. Photo by Marco Covi.

Arper PARENTESIT 3 Ph Credits Marco Covi

Parentesit by Arper. Photo by Marco Covi.

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