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The Cool Charm of Catifa’s New Colours


Arper have taken their famous Catifa 46 and Catifa 53 chair collections up a notch (as if that were possible) through the release of two brand new colour ranges for the celebrated chairs.

The legendary Italian manufacturer has many distinguished attributes and their use of colour is one of their finest as the new Catifas will attest. The colourways differ between the 46 and 53 designs, with each boasting tones that hold their own as striking standalone pieces whilst perfectly coexisting in any combination.


Catifa 46 is available in a playful, on-trend range with pretty 1950’s tones and cool pastels reigning supreme. These include Old Pink, Petroleum Blue, Yellow, Ivory, Smoke, Green, Black, Anthracite, Red, White and Moka. The palette applies to the polypropylene shell as well as powdercoat options for 4-leg and sled bases. Catifa 46 is still available with a single colour or bi-colour shell option which combines your choice of colour in a gloss finish on the back of the shell, whilst the interior has a matte white finish.


Catifa 53 is available in a sophisticated, masculine palette of earthy shades like Yellow-Gold, Anthracite, Ivory, Sand, Caramel, White, Black and Moka. The Catifa 53 is now available with a single colour polypropylene shell only.

Arper do it again with refined, effortless cool that is totally hot.

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Taking it Outside

Summer is hot on our heels, and with that it’s time to shout out to all our favourite outdoor chairs. Life is just better when your furniture looks the part (after all what is function without serious form?). So wherever you use your chairs, be it alfresco dining or poolside, the following designs will be coveted by your friends and regarded jealously by your foes.

Complete versatility is the name of the game when it comes to parking your posterior; think strength (fibreglass injected polypropylene or metal rod is ideal), stacking (they’re easy to store when not in use), and UV stabilised.


1. Antonio Gaudi’s famous building La Pedrera in Barcelona, is all curves and flair, so why shouldn’t its namesake follow suit. Light, strong and full of character, Pedrera stacks and comes in seven gorgeous hues.


2. Typically Mariscalesque, Sabinas embodies a form all its own. Inspired by sand dunes and unfurling blooms, this stacking chair envelopes with comfort and style.


3. Spritz is pure Hamptons (or Ibiza). Think white wooden fences and boxwood hedges, the clean lines and stunning colour range have us wanting to book a one-way passage. Stacking goodness which comes in an armchair version too.


4. Wall Street designed by Eugene Quitllet (he’s so hot right now), couldn’t be further from the convention and stuffiness of the world’s most famous financial district. A bold statement, Wall Street has clinched its place as one of the year’s best designs.


5. Ethel is carefully crafted to ensure structural strength, while the angles of the back, the curves of the seat, and the closeness of the wires are designed for comfort and utility. Simplicity and style combine in this contemporary take on modernist roots.


6. Leaf reflects Arper’s design aesthetic; chic, beautifully resolved and so usable. Among other attributes, Arper without fail collate the most elegant colourways for their collections and Leaf is no exception, available in the colours of nature; leaf green, mocha and white.


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Barstool Roundup


How elusive is the perfect barstool? Very. That’s according to our client’s when they discover the variety offered by UFL.

Sourced from Italy, Spain and the USA, our range finds favour with a diverse scope of interior and exterior, commercial and residential projects. With most stools available in two heights, usability is extended across barleaners and counter tops. Materials and finishes include everything from natural timbers, to polypropylene in a range of colours or illuminated, upholstered, powder-coated and electroplated.

The sheer extent of designs and concepts means there is something for everyone and everything. See below for a round-up of our best picks and latest offerings: 02p05

1. Enea’s Coma Wood is a contemporary modernisation of the popular Coma stool. Produced in accordance with eco-design parameters using fully certified wood sourced from sustainable forests, and with seats available in a range of polypropylene colours or upholstered to your liking.


2. Stackable Brooklyn by Vondom is inspired by the New York City Bridge and is based on straight lines and curves found in industrial urban design. Available in a range of stunning colours, Brooklyn is manufactured in polypropylene injected with fiberglass.


3. Lucy by California’s Bend Goods, is made of solid steel rod and hot-dip galvanized. Lucy may be powdercoated for outdoor use, or metal electroplated in Gold, Copper and Gem tones for indoor use.

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4. Mobles 114’s  Luco barstool, combines the traditional craft of wood-turning with modern technology. Luco is designed for spaces which demand the use of authentic materials such as timber and steel.


5. Vondom’s Wing represents extreme curves and angles, characterized in a bold form that brings visual force to both indoor and outdoor environments. May be illuminated for added Wow.


6. Timeless design meets modern comfort with Andreu World’s Lineal Comfort. The solid Beech timber frame can be stained in a range of house colours and the shell can be upholstered in a plethora of fabrics and leathers.


7. Spritz by Vondom is inspired by white wooden fences which line the beaches in Spain. Spritz adapts well into hospitality and residential environments, and finds the balance between European style and Mediterranean lifestyle.



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Salone del Mobile 2016

Nani_lattice_2As a group of furniture professionals at UFL, our muse is the international circuit of furniture fairs, of which Salone del Mobile in Milan is the absolute darling. We visit every year; to seek inspiration and draw from new trends, new ideas and new products. We see our role in the milieu, as that of curators; selecting only the choicest offerings from simply thousands of new items, bringing them home to New Zealand to share with our local cliental.

Salone de Mobile is growing. It seems like the industry is adhering to its former glory and this year Milan was simply bursting out of her skin. Outstanding events and happenings were woven into the entire fabric of the city, from tiny apartments in Brera to the historical buildings within the city’s centre. Even the post-industrial warehouses of Ventura Lambrate held startling exhibitions of new products, alongside the delicious art galleries and the main Rho fairgrounds themselves. Salone 2016 truly surpassed our expectations with the vast array of superb installations, breath-taking new releases and magnificent parties.

Here are some of the highlights from Milano 2016:

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Performance Tested

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This is not the first time we’ve blogged about Kinesit, the super smart ergonomic chair by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper. But as it’s our favourite new product on the task-seating market, we can’t stop raving every time it makes headlines.

Recently Kinesit gained significant European accreditation at Ergocert, at the University of Udine. The Ergocert centre was established to assess the ergonomic characteristics of work environments using strict parameters. Kinesit undertook rigorous testing to ascertain its features (for a product to be ergonomically certified it must maximize the user’s productivity while improving their well-being).


The assessment consists of scientific criteria alongside practical tests. There are a variety of areas that are tested, including the seat comfort (which is measured by taking into account the user’s physical characteristics) and functionality such as stability, sturdiness, and proportions. A number of product users are also surveyed, enabling Ergocert to combine scientific results with personal subjective evaluations.

Kinesit assures the end user an optimum example of Arper’s ‘soft tech’ approach: technology in the service of beauty and human interaction. The different versions of the chair, with high, medium, low backrest, with and without armrests, have proved compliant with all the assessed criteria.

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Law & Order


Understandably UFL’s repertoire of assignments is not confined to our own back doorstep, that being Auckland. Recently we supplied a combination of Spanish and NZ made furniture to a boutique law firm based in Rotorua.

Lance Lawson Barristers & Solicitors, employed Auckland’s RCG, to create a new office environment for their busy practice. One which would both develop and promote an edgy, contemporary culture, whilst upholding the integrity of their business.


If RCG is ringing bells, that’s because we recently featured another project by the company’s own Ceili Murphy on our blog. This talented local designer worked on the revamp of our UFL HQ no less.

The hub of Lance Lawson, is a central space which runs through the middle of the building. Coined ‘Marketplace’, it was inspired by such and gives the whole office a great sense of openness that encourages transparency and collaboration amongst the team, creating a relationship-driven gravitational pull if you like.



The Marketplace incorporates slick, monochromatic finishes mixed with timber for a warm, lived-in feeling. Piergiorgio Cazzaniga’s Reverse tables are teamed with Lievore Altherr Molina’s Lottus chairs, and our own J-Series leaner is teamed with the Lottus barstool.


Our first foray into designing custom workstations was applied in collaboration with RCG for Lance Lawson. This new commercial avenue burgeoned for UFL during 2015 with the installation of several large-scale desking fit-outs within Auckland.

Lance Lawson’s desk-pods were created to help teams work together within the company. Custom light fittings sit above the stations and this traditional desk structure contrasts effectually with the more relaxed breakout areas. The result is a mixture of classic UFL pieces and custom desking working together to form a fun yet business-like space.




Photos by Amanda Aitken

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Sounding Board


Yet another feather has been placed in Arper’s already brimming cap.

Parentesit, the acoustic, modular wall panel system designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, has been awarded a coveted Iconic Award, in the Wall, Floor and Ceiling category for 2015.

The Iconic Awards which are in their third season, are organised by the German Design Council. The competition recognizes visionary architecture and products across architectural and manufacturing industries, and winners are selected from a number of outstanding international submissions.


As functional as it is modern, Parentesit speaks the same slick, minimal language that defines Arper’s entire collection. The bold design is deceptively simple, yet Parentesit significantly reduces peripheral noise, and by proxy creates calm zones in busy environments. Optimally suited for commercial environments where privacy and quiet spaces for concentration are vital, the panels can also be tailored to conceal speakers and lighting on clients’ request.


Available in three elemental shapes; circular, square and oval with a horizontal or diagonal split, the geometric forms can stand-alone or be paired for greater impact, and are available in single colour or dual colour versions.


Parentesit is being finalized, and will be in production and available from UFL from late 2015.



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Social Butterfly


Cafes have long existed at the heart of human interactions as a place where our private, social and business lives cohabit and our love of caffeine unites us.

The Saya chair by Italy’s Arper, inspires inclusion in such spaces with its warm timber form and striking silhouette. Perfectly at home among the throng of voices and activity, where work and life coexist.


Designed by Lievore, Altherr, Molina and made for both residential and contract use, Saya is available in a variety of timber stains including white, black, ochre and three shades of red. The 4-leg base is available in wood or chrome.


Photo Credits: Adrià Cañameras

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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 – http://www.ufl.co.nz/search.html?q=leaf&x=34&y=12



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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-Mgz5QJzvo

Available soon at UFL


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