is an Italian company that manufactures and distributes designer chairs, tables
and sofas for contract, home and work sectors worldwide. Arper 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 under the direction of Claudio’s father, Luigi Feltrin, now Honorary President of the company. Luigi Feltrin’s creativity and passion, together with the research and interest in innovation nurtured by his sons Mauro and Claudio – the latter now President and CEO of the company – characterize a company that presently operates worldwide, with important growth targets. In the late 1990s, Arper pursued a business plan which allowed a shift towards design and made the company truly B2B, with the adoption of new materials and technological solutions and a definite change in scale. Since then, the company has availed itself of the collaboration of several designers, with whom it establishes long-term partnerships. These are responsible for the creation of collections that truly distinguish the Arper brand.
Among the most significant collaborations, the Lievore Altherr Molina studio (studio Lievore Altherr as of April 2016), marks a fundamental milestone for Arper: it is the beginning of a lasting creative bond that will be expressed through a series of new products that have become "long sellers": among these, the Catifa chair collection includes six different versions and has sold over two million units since 2001. In 2016, the introduction of the new editions further expands the Catifa 46
, Catifa 53
, and Catifa Sensit collections, making it a continually evolving product. Another successful result of the partnership is Kinesit, Arper’s first office chair, presented in 2014 and designed with an innovative approach that is unique in the office sector. The Loop sofas, the Saya, Colina, Duna 02 chairs, the Meety, Yop, Wim tables and the Parentesit panels have also been created in collaboration with the Spanish designer studio. Over the years, other internationally renowned designers have designed Arper’s products. The Steeve sofa, launched at the Salone del Mobile in 2015 and created in collaboration with the designer Jean-Marie Massaud, who had already designed Arper’s Aston executive chair and lounge chair; the Nuur table, designed by Simon Pengelly and winner of the Compasso d’Oro in 2011; the Aava collection, designed by Antti Kotilainen. All products that continue to gain recognition and prestige on an international level. Alongside the evolution of its product portfolio, Arper decided to gradually focus the business on the contract sector, which today represents around 80% of the company’s turnover.
From the onset, Arper set its sights on the international market with a strategy that went from strength to strength over the years, thanks to the successful implementation of a management structure that progressively consolidated itself with the introduction of new executives. Today Arper is a thriving company with a turnover of 67 million Euros in 2015, an increase of 23% on 2014, and with a 2016 consolidated turnover expected to exceed 70 million Euros. While sales in Europe account for about 70% of the total, the company is gradually expanding into the US, the Middle East, and the Far East. Italy currently represents about 8% of total sales, compared with its turnover abroad reaching around 92%. Arper employs around 230 people between its headquarters in Monastier di Treviso, its subsidiaries, branches and showrooms in Italy and abroad. With distribution in over 90 countries through an extensive network of dealers and agents, Arper is an international company with 11 showrooms in major design capitals worldwide. Each showroom plays a strategic role in the development of each local market. Four showrooms house the offices of the Group’s subsidiaries: New York, Dubai, London and Tokyo. Currently, two branches exist: Arper Sweden and Arper Singapore. The showrooms in Milan, Cologne, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Oslo, Chicago are brand ambassador exhibition spaces and places for the local design communities to meet and discuss. Additionally, Arper has an in-house showroom at its Headquarters in Trevis