Monthly Archives: June 2015

Lounging With Giants


The Renaissance setting of Palazzo Te in Mantua, Italy, played location to Arper’s photo shoot of their Leaf Lounge Chair.
This piece de resistance of Mannerist architecture, Palazzo Te was built 1525- 1535 by Giulio Romano, a pupil of Raphael, and today hosts a museum of modern and contemporary arts.
As the story goes, a team of plasterers, carvers and fresco painters laboured for 10 years to cover every surface of the loggias and salons under Romano’s direction. Local decorative artists Benedetto Pagni and Rinaldo Mantovano worked extensively on the frescos which remain today and are the most remarkable feature of the Palazzo. The subjects range from Olympian banquets in the Sala di Psiche and stylised horses in the Sala dei Cavalli to the most unusual of all — giants and grotesques wreaking havoc, fury and ruin around the walls of the Sala dei Giganti or the Room of Giants.


What better backdrop for the Leaf collection, inspired by nature and produced in steel. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the collection is powder coated in earthy tones such as white, mocha or green. The range features a chair, stackable chair, lounge chair, chaise lounge and tables.
Discover the Leaf collection by Lievore, Altherr, Molina at UFL here –



Photo credits – Federica Bottoli

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Kinesit Sets A New Frontier

Introducing Kinesit, Arper’s first foray into task seating, by designer powerhouse Lievore Altherr Molina. The first of its kind, Kinesit is one hundred-percent compliant with the regulatory requirements of its sector.

Superbly intuitive, the Kinesit has a built-in Self-Tensioning Weight Response Mechanism, meaning the chair automatically responds to the weight of its user and conforms to an individual’s body for optimal comfort. An invisible, adjustable lumbar support is concealed within the backrest’s thin frame to give additional flexibility, support and comfort.

Of minimalist design, Kinesit sports none of the unsightly levers that are de rigour in task seating. The height adjustment buttons are discreetly hidden under the seat, ensuring that nothing breaks the elegance and simplicity of its silhouette.
Available in three backrest heights, a range of bases, and with or without armrests. Kinesit can be upholstered in a wide selection of fabrics and leathers, offering great scope for customisation, making Kinesit an extremely versatile chair that is suitable for a variety of tasks and interiors.

Recently Kinesit won the prestigious IF Gold Award. The jury, made up of 52 design experts, explained their enthusiastic reception of Kinesit as follows, “This office chair has a thoroughly original design. In the sector of office furniture, design also aims to create a sense of motivation and enjoyment in performing one’s tasks at work. This chair, with its modern and sleek silhouette, meets this requirement in a completely original way. All commands are hidden inside the chair thus lending unprecedented lightweight and clean aesthetics to the product.”

See Kinesit in action here:

Available soon at UFL


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LZF in Turkey

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lzf-poppy-wood-pendant-lamp-yellow111Bodrum’s most glamorous bar, situated at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, oozes allure and atmosphere. The constellation of Poppy and Pod lights, designed by Burkhard Dämmer for LZF, creates a spectacular luminous ceiling which floats above the bar and sets an enchanting scene which is emphasised by magnificent views over the Mediterranean.

Poppy and pod are available in 9 colours: American Whitewood, Cherry, Beech, Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue, Turquoise and Chocolate.


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Basque In It


UFL have been supplying New Zealanders with contract furniture by Enea for nearly two decades. The reason for our enduring love affair is because we adore everything they do. Hailing from the Basque country; a region of northern Spain, famous for its tough, innovative and cultured people, Enea do things their way. Whether it be language, food, music, fashion or design, the Basque’s create their own rules and Enea’s furniture is no different. Synonymous with utility, and sparse, contemporary design, Enea has collaborated with world-renown designers like Josep Lluscà, Gabriel Teixidó and Lievore Altherr Molina over the years.


2015 has so far been an astounding year for Enea. Not only have they launched a new corporate identity, they also presented a series of stunning new products at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Their new brand boasts a lower-case typography, again embodying the company’s Basque origins as a durable and distinctive character. Reinforcing their values based on geographical location, the firm’s concern for ecology and moving away from traditionalism, the brand is unadorned and with strong shapes.


At Milan Furniture Fair, ENEA presented the Ema chair and their latest developments in the popular Lottus series, focusing on solutions for the Lottus Lounge, Lottus Conference and Lottus Wood, and a new table and bar-leaner, the Lottus AL. The Lottus family continues to evolve and the designs are more refined, classic, and suitable for a myriad of chic environments that require simple but distinctive furniture options.
The colour range of the Ema chair was directly instructed by the primary colours that exist in Enea’s factory. Green, orange, yellow and blue are incorporated into the communicative universe of Enea, inspired by the walls, floors, and the skip bins. The stunning product photography is set in real identity environments, areas where both Ema and the Lottus chair collections naturally fit.



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