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Designs Of The Times

February 16, 2016

Looking for stylish contemporary furniture for your home or studio? Well, you’re in luck. Italian design brand Arper has unveiled its first New York showroom in the 4,000-sq-ft second floor of an historic 1904 SoHo building.

The minimal light-filled loft sports huge windows, affording sneak peeks of the ornate classical facade outside. Its minimal interior was reimagined by Swedish-born, NY-based architect Solveig Fernlund, featuring sleek white walls, translucent sliding screens and columns complemented by pale floorboards. Her streamlined space throws the spotlight onto Arper’s eye-catching modern furniture, which looks equally striking in the office or at home.

Barcelona-based trio Lievore Altherr Molina has designed the lion’s share of the brand’s furniture, and was responsible for the creative room sets, elegantly blurring the boundaries between residential and work zones.

Lovers of simple, flexible but beautiful pieces will want to flex their credit cards here. Arper is especially strong on chairs – both for tasking and lounging – as well as sofas, tables and contract furniture. For shapely, sculptural armchairs admire the ‘Colina’ series by Lievore Altherr Molina. Their much-loved ‘Leaf’ chairs add clean-lined cool to alfresco terraces and balconies or bring the outdoors in.

Want to brighten up your life? Then pick up a couple of Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi’s ‘Bowl’ chairs from 1951, reissued in rainbow brights as well as black leather, perfect for curling up with a copy of Elle Decor.

2/F / 476 Broadway / SoHo / +1 212 647 8900 / by appt only /

Photos © Arper / Dean Kaufman