The world for which we design is the world in which we want to live. This is the motto of Arper, a company that had already created an Environmental Division 15 years ago, with the aim of reducing the impact of extraction, handling, processing, production, shipping, use and recycling of materials. “Sustainability means implementing new models and behaviors that respect the delicate balance of the planet and its vital resources,” says the President, Claudio Feltrin. “Sustainable companies arise from sustainable products and thrive on increasingly ambitious visions and actions, changes on an organizational level, evolution of processes and cultural change.”
A long-term commitment to nature that culminates in the new products for 2021, like Kata and Mixu. Kata, designed by Altherr Désile Park, is Arper’s first lounge chair in solid wood, also available in an outdoor version, which suggests the chairs of the tradition, in wood and woven straw, in a contemporary reinterpretation based on the tenets of the circular economy. There are many eco-details: the structure in oak or black locust, both FSC certified; the covering made with polyester fibers from recycled post-consumer plastic, where about one kilo of refuse – the equivalent of 48 plastic bottles – produces one kilo of yarn.
The weave is made to adapt perfectly to the seat, reducing waste to a minimum, and comes in two types: 3D Knit with a graphic pattern and internal micro-padding, in natural tones of linen, wheat and coal, or 3D Knit with striped motifs, in the colors aqua, wheat, coal. The latter is also ideal for outdoor use, with added cushions for the back and seat which can be personalized thanks to the wide selection of Arper fabrics, or using the 3D Knits with graphic patterns. Furthermore, the coatings are water-based, the packing is composed of a recycled plastic sack and light cardboard, without glues; at the end of their life span, all the parts can be disassembled, and all the materials can be recycled or reutilized.
Another new item is Mixu, created in collaboration with Gensler: a collection of chairs and stools with infinite options for personalization, combining the seat, back and base and varying the tones and textures to reflect individual styles and tastes. A virtuous, environment-friendly family: the seat is in post-industrial recycled plastic, the covering of the back and seat is bonded with the expanded polyurethane padding without the use of glues or staples, the base is in steel with 70% recycled material, coated with powders free of VOC emissions, and even the feet are in recyclable plastic.
This collection can be delivered ready for assembly, to reduce volume and to limit the environmental impact of transport. Like Kata, it is ready for disassembly at the end of the life cycle, leading to responsible disposal of the materials. Nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed.
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