Furniture can be reckoned as an art form that shapes surroundings. It overhauls daily routines and covertly dictates how users move around a space. But shouldn’t the implication be converse? Shouldn’t there be some scope for flexibility in the mix?
Traditional static pieces often cage the potential of our environments, stifling their ability to adapt to the fluidity of our lives. In contrast, modular units gracefully respond to the ebb and flow of fluctuating routines. Their inherent flexibility brings agile energy to spaces, making them as versatile as the vibrant lives we lead.
From left to right: The Aava 02 Chair from Arper; The Semiton Storage from Arper;
Back at Arper, the team designs to elevate everyday experiences. Between the rise of multipurpose spaces and dynamic design, the brand has perceived and provided for the gap in first-rate modular furniture. Their latest line of furniture is off beaten tracks. It guarantees flexibility as much as it imbues comfort and cadence.
Ralik, Semiton, Roopa, Aava 02, and Shaal wield the impact of colours and configurations to the fullest. Take a closer look…
No tools, no fuss—Ralik is designed for convenience
Ever needed a reception to double as an orientation venue for interns? Or wanted a space to respond to both high-traffic and low-traffic requirements?
Such versatile demands warrant customisation, and customisation claims the spotlight within the Ralik collection, a brainchild of designer Ichiro Iwasaki. The collection’s seating modules include pouffes, benches, and seats with backrests in 1-seater or 2-seater. In addition, a range of side and end tables fluidly integrate into any space. Be it a sturdy surface for work or a spot to set your drink, Ralik’s tables are up for the challenge.
“Mix, match, connect, and disconnect—adapt Ralik to create your perfect setup.”
Mix, match, connect, and disconnect—adapt Ralik to create your perfect setup. The easy-to-use linking system allows one to assemble and reconfigure the seating arrangement in a flash. Seating options in removable upholstery, leather, or coated fabric also open windows to various looks and styles. And for those seeking extra relaxation, accessory cushions provide an added layer of cosiness.
Ralik is sustainable too. The base is crafted from recycled polypropylene, making it easy to clean while reducing your environmental footprint.
Drawers and Order—Semiton is the most Type A shelving system
Storage that responds to specific needs can be a driver of uncluttered and orderly spaces, and there is no dearth in the market for modular storing pieces. Then how does Semiton stand out? Designed by Garcia Cumini, Semiton motions a poignant appeal—to make storage stunning again.
An exemplar of balancing aesthetics and functions, Semiton fuses variable configurations with buoyant colours. It is a sturdy powder-coated aluminium frame that can accommodate two or three fixed (30 or 60cm) unit heights. Every unit, in turn, features three versions: shelf, open, or equipped with doors. The crowning glory of it all is that there’s no fixed rendition. The final result is a culmination of the end-users choice and criteria. Semiton is at its curator’s infinite mercy.
“Designed by Garcia Cumini, Semiton motions a poignant appeal—to make storage stunning again. It’s advisory to let your imagination run wild.”
Users of Semiton are free to devise a composition of open shelves and closed units (one to flaunt decor and the other to conceal documents). They can even put together a striking melange of colours to juxtapose monochromes. Semiton is finished on all sides, and installing smack in the middle of a space as a low-height divider wouldn’t be the craziest idea either. With Semiton, it’s advisory to let your imagination run wild.
Curves and Corners—Roopa is a show-stopper
The Roopa collection is a classic for a reason—it celebrates the beauty of small yet significant details. The table’s sculptural shape and meticulously detailed legs render it an artistic masterpiece. Every curve and line, consciously plotted by design duo Doshi Levien, conforms to graphic cogency.
The entire line of tables adapts with ease. Coffee table for conversations. Stylish side support for sofas and even a quirky pair of tables for product display. Roopa fits all needs, round or rectangular.
“Roopa fits all needs, round or rectangular. Every curve and line, consciously plotted by design duo Doshi Levien, conforms to graphic cogency.”
The Roopa range places a strong emphasis on chromatic research. Every hue is carefully considered to create a visually consuming experience. The designer has also indulged in a delightful exploration of materials and finishes, playing with the same shade to create intriguing contrasts. The legs and lower part of the top are enhanced, showcasing a distinctive texture and visual interest against the smoothness of the upper surface. This attention to detail elevates tactility and invites the eye to linger.
A Slender Silhouette—Aava 02 is a lesson in Minimalism
Less is more, they say, and Aava 02 chair embraces this philosophy wholeheartedly. Minimal, ergonomic, and no frills—these chairs will never go out of style. This new edition of Aava, an intelligent design by Antti Kotilainen, comprises chairs and stools suitable for indoors and outdoors.
The chair’s shell, with its lucid profile, was initially crafted from wood and later developed in plastic. Today, Aava 02 takes a bold step towards sustainability by incorporating a blend of post-consumer recycled polypropylene and virgin material.
“Minimal, ergonomic, and no frills—these chairs will never go out of style.”
This collection complements others in Arper’s latest series with its refreshing hues. With a variety of options available, including four-leg and stackable base chairs, wooden legs, trestle bases with or without castors, and even optional armrests, Aava 02 caters to diverse environments. The chair can transform an ambience and stir panache around a light-stained wooden table in a cafe or as visitor chairs in a university seminar.
Upholstery options such as fabric, coated fabric, or leather further enhance the collection’s appeal, and with removable seat cushions and covers, one can further soften the chair’s looks. Imagine Aava 02 in the waiting area of a clinic or even peppered under a pergola in a park.
Curl Up in Shaal‘s Cocooned Sofas
Yet another curvy muse from Doshi Levien, the Shaal sofa is a foray into lounge seating that cradles deep cushioning. The form of the couch is inspired by the act of sinking into a cloud, and that’s why it was envisioned to appear as if floating above the ground.
In an attempt to perhaps ground the fantasy in reality, Shaal’s outer structure is covered with a sumptuous wooden panel. Depending on an interior designer’s requirement, the outer panel and cushion upholstery can be matched or doused in contrasting materials. With a rich contrast of fabric and wood, the sofa (along with the right flooring and tables) presents an appealing lounge area for hotels and double-height spaces in holiday homes.
“Various settings, from hospitality venues to office spaces and residential interiors, can milk Shaal’s soft curves and pliant features. After all, lounging is the new way of living.”
One can even arrange and rearrange Shaal thanks to its central, end, and corner modules. Expand seating horizons with a chaise, daybed, or ottoman. Various settings, from hospitality venues to office spaces and residential interiors, can milk Shaal’s soft curves and pliant features. After all, lounging is the new way of living.