Arper’s ideas for fluid living

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The Juno 02 chair by Studio  Irvine and the Aeeri table by Peter Kunz are among the new products that Arper will present at the Salone del Mobile.Milano from 7 to 12 June 2022.

"How do we want to live?" is the question Arper is and is posing to us at the Milan Design Week 2022 and the Salone del Mobile.Milano. As always, the company is among the protagonists at Rho Fiera (you can find it in Pavilion 16 / Stand C23 - D18) where it presents the theme "The Project of Living".

Among the novelties we find at the Salone is the re-edition of the Juno chair, originally designed by James Irvine in 2012. Ten years ago, the British designer redefined the plastic chair with the minimalist gesture of a sleek silhouette. Designed by Studio Irvine, specifically Marialaura Rossiello Irvine, Juno 02 reinvents this timeless chair through a sustainable material and a new colour palette, inspired by the natural world.

The designer explains the ideas that inspired the birth of Juno 02: “It’s the responsibility of the designer to create a product that can live for a long time. For that reason, it’s important to continue to improve what you’ve already designed, in addition to developing new products. This could mean modifying the form, the materials, or the colors to remain relevant for different applications, and to reflect new advancements in materials and technology. That's why we undertook the re-design of the Juno chair. The idea was not to develop a whole new product, but to improve on a design that’s already successful by using a new material that’s more sustainable. Not only is this an ecological point of view, it's also an ethical way to work as a designer.”

Juno 02 is available in six new colours, designed for residential and contract, indoor and outdoor spaces, all made of 70 per cent post-industrial recycled plastic. Thanks to improved moulding, Juno 02 retains its sleek silhouette and strength, but needs less material to be produced.

Completely new is the Aeeri table, designed by Peter Kunz and inspired by high-tech engineering. Aeeri is made from a single sheet of folded steel, just one millimetre thick, bent to create a table top that is rigid and resistant, yet adapts to find stability even on uneven floors.

The designer tells us about the product and how he has interpreted the furniture in an original way: “Most tables typically consist of a frame and a heavy plate that sits on top of it. Instead, Aeeri really plays with the idea of lightness: a single bended steel sheet forms the top and bottom of the plate, the four legs are very light and sleek, and the five parts are simply screwed together. The bended steel plate is just a fine line, like a drawing, and it's remarkably thin—the entire table top is only 4 mm thick.”

“This minimal profile is quite different than the archetype of the traditional solid, weighty table, and it’s surprising to discover exactly how thin it actually is. Though large, it’s also absolutely stable. Thanks to its lightness, it’s an object that can easily be moved around a room or to another setting, and assembled in few minutes without tools.”

Aeeri is an exercise in efficiency: built with only five lightweight, sustainable components, even its packaging is designed to be as thin as possible, reducing its environmental impact even at the shipping stage. When its life cycle comes to an end, Aeeri can be easily disassembled for recycling.

Salone del Mobile.Milano
Opening dates:
7-12 June 2022
Pav. 16, Booth C23 - D18
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