Arper Unveils Tokyo Showroom

Italian contract furniture company Arper debuts its flagship showroom in Aoyama district.

Arper is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes designer chairs, sofas and tables for contract, home and work sectors worldwide. The company is the outcome of an entrepreneurial project that began in 1989 as the evolution of a small leather manufacturing company founded in the 1980s by the Feltrin family.

Today Arper is an international company with four subsidiaries – Arper Usa, Arper Middle East, Arper Uk and Arper Japan – the branches Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore and 12 showrooms in major world capitals: Milan, London, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, New York, Chicago and Dubai, in addition to the in-house showroom at the headquarters in Treviso.

Within this growth process, Tokyo showroom represents a milestone for the company, that foresees the possibility of building a long lasting collaboration with the design community of Northern East Asia.

“We are so honored to be here,” said Claudio Feltrin, Arper president and CEO. “We’ve always looked at the Japanese culture as a source of inspiration for our approach within our product collections design. Our design is the result of what we call the ‘pursuit of the essential’: simple, singular forms that aim to be timeless and elegant. Objects that feel spontaneous while being clearly the result of rigor and precision. This philosophy comes from a deep respect towards the Japanese culture, master of these values. At the same time Arper brand also deeply embodies the Mediterranean culture: vibrant colors, playful moods, creativity and family feeling belong to the Italian background and naturally blend with the design of our collections.”

Arper’s Tokyo showroom will also be home to the company Arper Japan K.K., part of Arper Group. The local team within Arper will oversee the company’s sales and operations in order to serve at best markets of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.  

“Service is essential to us, we want to make sure we can guarantee our customers the same service and assistance level worldwide. We are working to build a strong presence in Japan, in order to support our strategic partners in the Northern east Asia area. With this purpose, we set up an operational hub, located in Tokyo, allowing us to centralize manufacturing and logistics in Japan, thus reducing the leading time and ensuring presence and assistance to customers of northern east Asia, based on the same model we successfully experimented with in the Usa market”, saidFeltrin.

Arper Tokyo showroom is located within the luxury and high-end design district of Aoyama. The bi-level space is extended on 300 square meters and showcases the company’s unique vision that blurs the boundaries between residential and work styles, featuring furnishing solutions that go beyond function alone and combine simplicity, flexibility, and beauty.

Arper will showcase its collection of products including chairs – task, lounge and contract models, sofas, tables, acoustic panels and accessories. Among them, the latest collections presented at the Salone del Mobile 2016: the Catifa family, Parentesit Free standing panels, Parentesit wall mounted acoustic panels and Meety table, all designed by Lievore Altherr Molina. Furthermore, the space will be displaying a wide selection of most representative Arper collections shaping the brand identity: Pix ottomans and tables by the Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasaki, the brand innovative Kinesit task chair, unique with its variety of combinations and colors, the playful Juno chair by James Irvine. Further collections that will be displayed in the forthcoming months are: the Steeve sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud, Cross table by the Italian designers Metrica, Nuur table by Simon Pengelly, winner of the prestigious international award Compasso d’Oro.