Anything but Cliché – A Velvet Story

Anything but Cliché – A Velvet Story

For years, leather has been the king of materials. Why wouldn’t it be – it has all the refinement, style and sensations of a premium product. We add it to our cars, we wear it on our bodies, we accessorise in it and we even cover our designs in it. It is simply beautiful, and intensely difficult to get right.

Yet it is in velvet where Napoleon chose to make a statement about something else. Is it that velvet empowers us and thus, must only be considered for the rarest of occasions?

“A throne is only a bench covered in velvet”

conures powerful illusions of what a material can do, and yet with velvet, it feels right to say it that way.

Velvet is onomatopoeic when you think about it. You want to touch the word as much as an object covered in all of its majesty. Velvet feels like an emotion too, “I’m feeling ‘velvet’” speaks of a warm glow with an ounce of trepidation when moving away from that feeling.

We can find it easy to wax lyrical about a material that is designed to be soft on touch, and our senses but what other material can do the same?

Valuing each single product

It is why in every design where we feel like we are anything but cliché in how we use this material. Take Smooth Operator,  it was always our intention to create a sofa that was unexpected, that seduces and rewards materials like velvet and we think we’ve achieved just that.

A contemporary form that is lifted not only in the meticulous execution of the construction but also in material choice.

Velvet adds to the minimum waste and maximum joy this sofa brings.

Comfort and elegance

With Mayfair we thought about a material that holds up to the standard that was set in its original design. We capture the comfort by inviting everyone to take a moment to sit, to luxuriate in its simplified elegance, to note how the couch feels under the sensitive touch of the hand and neck. We place comfort over the self in this design, we chose a material to mimic that ethos.

Finally, with Night Fever we wanted to reward a vision about the way you live and how you want to enjoy the way you live in your living room too. If the idea is about expressing design as a function, the materials matter even more. Materials like velvet add to the complexity of a design that makes living easy, a subtle understatement of what design can mean in the right hands and what a team can build with the right knowledge.

So, is velvet as powerful as Napoleon considered it to be? Can a throne be made from a bench, and only a bench draped in its luxury? Only if it’s an Arketipo bench, then yes, anything is possible.

Capitonné – A Choice Of How To Live

Capitonné – A Choice Of How To Live

If you ever found yourself tested to conjure the images that would represent a Dickens Novel or the stories of Sherlock Holmes, what would come to mind? What would scream out to you in the most vivid shapes, textures, colours and form?

Take a moment to move away from the chimney laden streets and the dreariness of Victorian fog filled alleyways to think of interiors. Think of what the idea of a historic British sitting room would look like.

Distinctive design was everything. Accents would hold rooms and a guests attention, whilst detail was designed to enhance textures and patterns. In that way, design was a way to showcase to those looking in, just who we thought we were, and where we thought we belonged.

A style as distinctive as the capitonné would be found, one that requires few if any descriptions thanks to its inherent design features. As described by Webster’s Dictionary,  “to pad from caption silk or linen flock or a sleeve silk that gives a padded texture and effect”.

Windsor is capitonne for the modern age, as suited to today’s interior armoury as those of the 19th Century, finding place in today’s ever more minimalist designs to grandiose visions of interior decoupage. Whether it’s an apartment in Vienna to a mansion in Belgravia, the distinct style of what capitonne offers flows through every stitch and fiber.

In Windsor we have captured the past and brought it into a vision of the present. We call it,

“A modern masterpiece that understands the balance between British austere elegance with new-age form and structure.”

Handmade, expertly crafted, a vision of modern elegance. Our homage to a style that asks for the best as a minimum.

We carry this throughout the exclusive range of furniture with the same name. Windsor Dream, a style that understands there is no such thing as compromise, especially on style as distinctive as capitonne allows you to be.

“Where you live doesn’t matter, how you choose to live does.”

Design in minimalism

Design in minimalism

What is the theory around minimalism? According to Google, minimalist design wants to “reduce works to the fundamental, the essential, the necessary, and to strip away the ornamental layers that might be placed on top.”

But when you think about minimalist design, what does it conjure in your mind? It’s a question we get asked to investigate, ponder upon, and then execute. It’s something that has to be thought of carefully before a first step is even taken, because the total objective needs to be considered with great attention to detail.

Creating space

When pushed to finalise the concept of minimalism, space is a common thread. Creating space, elevating space, lifting space… they become synonymous with the final objective. Thinking about design that can capture space or showcase it is thus essential.

Creating a product that provides elevation whilst holding true to the other testaments of design is of critical importance. Smooth Operator is just one example of this. With its elevated geometry, the couch provides light and space around and underneath, creating a visual floating sensation whilst the soft cushions accompany the movements of the body thanks to thought out mechanical engineering rendering its shape to provide joy and relaxation.

Choosing the right materials

In order to create elevation and enhance minimalist concepts, material choices are also essential. That means having to choose items that reflect and pass light with great ease. Glass is then an essential component of the minimalist matrix and choosing the right designs matters.

In the suspended version of Gino Carollo’s Bubble Bobble you begin to understand why the overall look is so important. Recognizable by the three glass spheres of different sizes, they are supported by thin metal strips, playing with natural light between the spheres artificially created by the shapes. It’s an emotional construction, one that senses and creates a room’s ambience with ease and elegance, creating space in a vertical dimension.

In Mauro Lipparini’s Final Cut there is a slightly different theory about material choice. Blending two different materials with the same final concept, spaciousness. It has a multi-level surface, the upper is a thin smoked glass layer connected to a thick marble top. In its complexity and sophisticated geometric design, this reflects true dynamic living, making this vision more about today’s modern take of living and enhancing the minimalist design principles without compromising on quality or the forethought engineering.

Elegance in the details

And what of the other, unspoken rule of minimalism… elegance? Of course, it’s all subjective, one person’s elegance is another’s gauche. Yet, in elegance we see that it is about striking balance to create a synonymous line of space, materials, and form.

In choosing the dining table for such a high lofted room, minimalism plays its part with Epsilon and Victoria. Double acts don’t come more naturally than this pairing.

Victoria showcases a soft leather material that is subsequently stitched into the design providing an aesthetic and sensorial element, wildly contrasting with the three-dimensional metal framed base. Soft and hard, they play together to lift the chairs’ final design. And what of the table? In Epsilon, Manzoni & Tapinassi bring together a design that links two different worlds. Interior and exterior. The base stands tall and strong, uniting the ground the central structure whilst the top is enriched by a play of metal and wood, carving, and cutting through the surface following the base setup. The end result is a dynamic contrast of soft and hard, brought to life in a room that craves for as minimal intervention as it can muster.

Minimalism is a combination of many different design aspects, one that can create and curtail over-detailing whilst still remaining relevant to a room’s overall look and feel. Choose wisely and you can lift any room into a new, sensorial creation.

Beige Pearl Strap

Beige Pearl Strap

Anthracite Grey Belt

Anthracite Grey Belt

Corten

Corten

Olive

Olive

Iroko

Iroko

The rules of feng shui state that wood is the element of yin and yang; a balance of masculine and feminine, a material that combines strength and flexibility representing “beginnings, new life, and new growth.” In furniture design, never has a material had such a unique application and understanding; whether you are an artisan crafting with hand tools or a factory that manipulates with heat and stain, wood is a universal element understood by everyone that comes into contact with it.
There is a sensory appreciation that we all feel; wood is one of the first materials that humans come into contact with. Think back to your favourite childhood toys, those passed through generations, found in storage” “boxes and shown in old family photos. They all contain a relationship with the basic material that we have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.
For us, wood is about the connection between past and present. We feel it every time we use it, we understand its power and fragility, we know that we must champion what wood can do to any design of any living space.
Wood is what connects to the earth, a feeling that we must embrace, respect and rejoice.

«We have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.»

Iroko wood shows chromatic variations from yellow to dark reddish-brown. With the exposition to sunlight, it tends to become darker until it reaches its colour stability.

2022 Closeup

2022 Closeup

OUTDOOR

OUTDOOR

We’ve spent years making the inside of your home the perfect location to eat, rest and play. Some (many) would say we’ve become very good at it. Now, it’s time we do the same for the outdoors. And yes, we expect to be very good at that too.
By taking all of the principles that make our designs so unique, our craftsmanship so admired and our finishes so desired, we are delivering a philosophy of outdoor living without compromise. That’s how outdoor living should be; without compromise. We have taken over two years, done countless meetings, gone back and forth to the drawing board, argued, made up, and thrown our team of experts in delivering design after design to create an outdoor product the way it should be, the way an Arketipo product should be. The end result? Outdoor Furniture without compromise. We know you will love what we have created, we also know that it will makeyour neighbours friends/family/exes jealous as well.
Because the outdoors is more than a hike in the mountains or schush down the ski slope. It’s more than just what you do at the weekend or tell your friends that you do at the weekend. The outdoors is the space least discovered in your home and yet, most loved by those who spend any time there. Whether it’s your alfresco morning espresso or your evening gathering, the outdoors is the extension of your home, it’s the extension of how you live. The smallest spaces on a terrace to the large gardens that are filled with colour and smell; outdoor life is more than an instagramable moment – it’s living.

News 2022

News 2022

When we create a new product or a new series of products, our work is manifested in every single detail. The materials we select, the final design and the chosen colors, as well as every other aspect, are the result of a thoughtful and meticulous process. That’s why we can’t help but get excited when we talk about our news.

SALONE DEL MOBILE. MILANO

SALONE DEL MOBILE. MILANO

Beautiful, stylish, artisan products.

We make what we love. We love what we do.

Our furniture has never been designed for the outdoor…

Until today.

 

Come to visit us at Hall 10 stand A11 / B12.

Virtual Showroom

Virtual Showroom

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Explore every room in 3D, discover the characteristics of each product, check the sizes of the required units.

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Fiberglass RAL 9005

Fiberglass RAL 9005

Lagos

Lagos

01_Sofa • Morrison: side A in fabric D/4870 collection Diem, side B in leather Pelle B 3157, zip 114, titanium feet. Cushions: in fabric (A) D/4880 collection Diva, in fabric (B) D/4926 collection Mousse and in fabric (C) A/1540 collection Alias.

02_Armchair • Juno: side A (seat and arms) in leather B 3157, side B (back) in fabric D/4926 collection Mousse, titanium feet.

03_Small tables • Ula: grey glass top and titanium structure.

04_Bookshelf • Roxanne • 273×240 cm: shelves in smoked tempered glass, black nickel frame and micaceous brown structure.

05_Floor lamp • Képi: titanium structure.

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Celio

Celio

01_Table • Icon: Moon grey marble top, titanium base.

02_Chairs • Venus: in leather Pelle B 3103, titanium base.

03_Armchair • Belair: in fabric E/5763 collection Élite, belt in leather Pelle Leonardo 1010 Liquirizia, titanium structure.

04_Floor lamp • Képi: titanium structure.

05_Bookshelf • Lady Bird: shelves in Slate grey marble, titanium cup nuts.

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Urban

Urban

01_Sofa • That’s Life • Composition “C”: in fabric D/4989 collection Dub, micaceous brown feet. Small tables in zebrano wood, micaceous feet.

02_Swivel armchairs • Bond: in leather Pelle B 3111, micaceous brown feet.

03_Small tables • Douglas: top in Arabesque grey marble, micaceous brown base.

04_Swivel armchair • Sin Seaty: in fabric E/5757 collection Élite, micaceous  brown base.

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Ginger

Ginger

01_Sofa • Self Control: in leather Pelle B 3101, black nickel feet. Cushions: (A) in fabric A/1348 collection Alias, (B) D/4273 collection Dynamo, (C) A/1344 collection Alias, (D) E/5570 and (E) E/5566 in collection Vellù PL.

02_Small table • Final Cut: Arabesque marble and smoked glass top, black nikel feet.

03_Small tables • Lith: one with smoked glass top, black nickel base and one with Arabesque grey marble top, black nickel base.

04_Bookshelf • Roxanne • 243×281 cm: shelves in smoked glass, micaceous brown structure, black nickel metal frame.

05_Floor lamp • Oompa-Loompa: bronze lampshade, titanium stem.

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Royal

Royal

01_Sofa • Auto-Reverse: side A (structure and one side of cushions) in leather Pelle B 3116, side B (other side of cushions) in fabric E/5370 collection Évron, zip 113, micaceous brown feet. Cushions: in fabric (A) C/3541 collection Caledonia, in fabric (B) E/5572 collection Vellù PL and leather (C) Pelle Plus 4039.

02_Armchairs and pouf • Jupiter: in leather Pelle Plus 4039, shell in fiberglass RAL 9005, micaceous brown base.

03_Small tables • Chimera: smoked glass.

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Cassia

Cassia

01_Table • Epsilon: moka oak top, titanium metal parts.

02_Chairs • Victoria: in leather Pelle B 3167.

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Jazz

Jazz

01_Table • Oracle: glass top, micaceous brown base.

02_Chairs • Athena: in fabric D/4886 collection Diva, micaceous brown base.

03_Bookshelf • Electra: shelves in sucupira and glass.

04_Sideboard • Brooklyn: structure in zebrano wood and smoked glass, micaceous brown brown feet.

05_Backlit mirror • Flashback: mirrored and smoked glass.

06_Bed • Crazy Dream: in leather Pelle A 2540, micaceous brown feet.

07_ArmchairBond: in fabric D/4880 collection Diva.

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Bilbao

Bilbao

01_Bed • Auto-reverse Dream: side A (structure and one side of cushions) in fabric E/5561 collection Vellù L, side B (other side of the cushions) in interwoven leather Pelle B 3153, zip 114, micaceous brown feet.

02_Armchair • Twiggy: side A (seat and arms) in fabric D/4973 collection Jackie, side B (back) in fabric E/5506 collection Vellù L, micaceous structure.

03_Wall lamp • Iride.

04_Consolle • Douglas: top in Arabesque grey marble, micaceous base.

05_Mirrors • Dorian: frame covered with leather Pelle A 2540, black nickel parts.

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Empire

Empire

01_Table • Prince: Slate grey marble top, black nickel base.

02_Chairs • Amy: in leather Pelle B 3167, black nickel base.

03_Wall lamp • Iride.

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Calipso

Calipso

01_Sofa • Close To Me • COMBO: one left LARGE arm and one right SLIM arm, with low backs in leather Pelle B 3115, belt in leather Tribe 1034, black nickel feet.

02_Armchair • Freedom: in fabric D/4887 collection Diva, black nickel base.

03_Small tables • Rumors: top in Tangerine onyx marble, black nickel feet.

04_Bookshelf • Roxanne • 464×239 cm: shelves in zebrano wood, black nickel frame and micaceous brown structure.

05_Floor lamp • Oompa-Loompa: bronze lampshade, micaceous brown stem.

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Lumi

Lumi

01_Sofa • Starman • 362×265 cm: in fabric D/4986 collection Dub. Cushions: in fabric (A) E/5567 and (B) E/5568 collection Vellù PL.

02_Armchair • Nascar: in leather Pelle B 3153, black nickel feet.

03_Sideboard • Aura: in sucupira, Emperador marble top, titanium metal parts.

04_Small table • Noth: in sucupira, black nickel metal parts.

05_Floor lamp • Bubble Bobble: glass with shades from white to transparent, titanium structure.

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Moodboard

Moodboard

Creativity is art, imagination is practice and design is freedom. From the rigid contours of our marble creations to the soft and luxurious sensations our soft furnishings can bring to your touch, eye popping colours to subtle notes of the earth and its finest materials, it is time to experience what our collections can feel like together. It is time to go beyond what you cannot see, and finally immerse yourself into what is possible with a guiding hand. It is about making what you desire and what you imagine become what you can create. This is our Moodboard, a gift from our creative minds to yours.

Desire. Imagine. Create.

Nimbus

Nimbus

01_Sofa • Brown Sugar • 405×160 cm: in leather Pelle B 3116, black nickel feet. Cushions: in fabric (A) E/5513 collection Vellù, in fabric (B) Top/8075 collection Topaz.

02_Swivel ArmchairMonterrey: in fabric E/5513 collection Vellù.

03_Small table • Moon Invaders: Moon grey marble top, edges in leather Pelle Leonardo 1010 Liquirizia, black nickel metal parts.

04_Consolle • Lith: Moon grey marble top, black nickel feet.

05_Bookshelf • Electra: shelves in sucupira.

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2022 NEWBOOK

2022 NEWBOOK

Moodboard

Moodboard

Creativity is art, imagination is practice and design is freedom. From the rigid contours of our marble creations to the soft and luxurious sensations our soft furnishings can bring to your touch, eye popping colours to subtle notes of the earth and its finest materials, it is time to experience what our collections can feel like together. It is time to go beyond what you cannot see, and finally immerse yourself into what is possible with a guiding hand.

It is about making what you desire and what you imagine become what you can create. This is our Moodboard, a gift from our creative minds to yours.

Desire. Imagine. Create.

Burnished metal

Burnished metal

Comfort in Privacy

Comfort in Privacy

Step back nearly 40 years and the world was very different. Europe was a different place altogether. In the seismic cultural changes that were set to be unleashed following the fall of the iron curtain, nothing would be the same.

Today, Poland houses some of the most cutting edge interior visualisations of modern living; a far cry from the restrictive past it and the people were forced to embody. Today,  geometry and industrial chic are their own design philosophy. The vision is thus Eastern Industry.

Comfort in privacy

Instructed by the designers for the need of privacy, this 120 sqm apartment (& near 100sqm terrace) located in Warsaw & situated in the middle of a sizable housing estate needed to reflect both a private life and a life which would allow others to relax in a space that felt open and never intrusive.

Weronika Kotlarska, an interior designer and a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw had to strike this balance, and create a theme which could navigate the owner and guests into a sense of liberty and privacy capturing the Eastern Industry philosophy.

Showcasing Design

The open plan living allows the owner and guests the chance to mingle, relax and importantly, showcase this design philosophy. In choosing Giuseppe Viganò Auto-Reverse, it’s more than choosing an elegant piece of furniture, it’s one that allows you to play with form and style – it shapes the environment you and your ideological mindset are free to explore.

That exploration is then amplified in the colours of the room, the materials chosen. Tuscan leather for the sofa and armchair, dark, neutral colours in the curtains, light rails and slate floor and a mixture of glass and wood to warm up and create vastness in a small yet liberated space.

Creating A Unique Stance

In going for an industrious look, omitting comfort could be an easy omission, but in choosing Jupiter by Mauro Lipparini, this has been avoided. Whilst it’s fibre-glass shell fits the design brief, the feather blocks to soft leather make this unique design, the perfect accompaniment to the room when adding the footstool, comfort is once again revisited without compromise.

And what to say of Stijl? A product design that screams the new Eastern Europe design theology, geometry. It is thoroughly Italian in every principle yet, it shares a home with a different design school, one that rewards the crystal, cement and wooden materials that make it, adding texture and flow to the final product and the room itself.

Never forgetting the accent piece

Eastern industry thus lives amongst the realm of other design schools; it is without exception a style that meets the criteria of other schools of thought. In doing so, accenting a room is required, and it is in the study that one chair does just that.

Twiggy, part retro flavour, part chic fashion style. From the velvet padded back to the piping around the perimeter, this is about a unique take on furniture design, like the rest of the house, one that fits no norms. In choosing this, the owner has made a statement about his own design philosophy and one that we can all admire.

Thanks to:

WK Interiors Weronika Kotlarska

@weronikakotlarska.interiors  · Interior design studio

How Geometry Exposes Complicated Minimalism

How Geometry Exposes Complicated Minimalism

“The square, the circle and the equilateral triangle are the three basic forms for the study of structures, forms, modulation and accumulation. The knowledge of the characteristics and possibilities of these basic forms allows the designer to design more easily and with competence.”(Bruno Munari).

From the simple to the sublime, from the interior to the exterior, our physical construct of the world we live in is dictated by rules. Rules that exist which can limit our applicative process in design, but which equally encourages a way to channel a creative dimension in fabricating something new.

Italian artist, designer, and inventor Bruno Munari explored this in his groundbreaking study known as, The Square, The Circle & The Triangle.

How should we define geometry in design?

Gaspard Monge believed that geometry in design should encourage innovation, “thus bringing the design process from the known to the unknown, or new forms and application of them.”

Geometric design must then be used to either create new realms of design possibilities or enhance what we already have. We could consider that geometric forms should highlight the function of the objects, a way to create order and to “clean and simplify” their environments.

The Square

Expressing solidity, stability, and protection the square is rooted within culture as much as design yet, to incorporate this into interior style can be challenging.

Escaping the kitsch ideology of geometry and leaving behind the 1970s when it comes to angular forms can be hard, yet Adriano Piazzesi’s Loft manages to do just that. In all of its iterations, Loft takes the solidity of a square and manages to re-imagine the design as a place of comfort.

In Petra we question the stability of the square. Bartoli Design has encouraged us all to innovate from a basic form to see imbalance as balanced. Offsetting two shapes, circular and square challenges our notions of space and geometry.

The Circle

Whether it is serenity, completeness, freedom or infinity, the circle is a life-giving form that has transfixed global communities for millennia. Found even in the earliest cave paintings of mankind, it is a connection to something larger and more encompassing than design can possibly capture.

In Oracle by Gino Carollo, we have a design that wants to express the life-giving properties of the circle that feature balance and yet, contrasting it all with immense power. Noted as a ‘law bending structure of interior physics’ Carollo has expressed his vision of the circle into a new geometric form.

But what if the idea of the circle could be expanded? In contrasting sizes, spacing circles further away and at different angles and even interweaving another geometric shape, the triangle, Bernhardt & Vella with Iride have re-identified how geometry can live amongst other forms.

And if Carollo expresses his vision of a new geometric form whilst Bernhardt & Vella can showcase interweaving geometry through their designs, it is through Giannella Ventura where we can see a purity in her identification of the circle. Ula captures everything we have come to understand about the circular form. Even in its sublime simplicity, the minimalist execution is a powerful tale of geometric design in a singular space.

The Triangle

Could the most complex and beautifully designed structures in the world be without the triangle as an inspiration? You only need to explore architecture from the renaissance to today to understand how the triangle has been utilised in our society. Whether it is from classical Arabic and Japanese decorative art to the contemporary architecture of Buckminster Fuller and Wright the triangle has pierced the cultural boundaries in design, placing it as a unique star of the show.

A show of stability and safety, the triangle is inspiring in every form of geometric design.

Giuseppe Viganò thought so and it is why his design of Lady Bird is so intrinsically different. A rhomboid, which is two triangles placed atop another is the focal geometric style yet, it is this honeycomb structural approach we see just how important a role the triangle plays. It is clean, minimalistic interpretation elevates geometric manipulation.

New Collection 2021

New Collection 2021

When we create a new product or a series of new products, everything we do is represented in every little detail. The materials we choose, the final design, the colours that we capture. We think about everything, that is why talking about our new products is always an emotional process. We have introspectively thrown ourselves into bygone eras and satiated our desires in a collection that immerses itself deeply into styles and new materials. This is about rendering homage to a bygone era and capturing their essence in their sights and sounds, gleefully exploring what they offer and experiencing a new sensorial pleasure along the way.

We tap into your desires for something different

The new collection is identified by personality.

Understanding that we are all one-of-a-kind brings us the inspiration of thinking about the ways we interpret our designs, our craft, and the people we make them for.

Whether it is the mesmerizing new forms we have captured in objects like Avalon or the new purposely crafted geometric shapes that can be discovered with Milestone we tap into your desires for something different, something ever-changing to create pieces that mirror our ever-state of flux. 

Inspired by new wave sounds

Every new upholstered item that we bring to our collection, we have focused on comfort. It is what unites every personality. Inspired by new wave sounds, which can feel stifled, our interpretation in Close to Me is just comfort re-imagined as an embrace.

What could be more personal than a new stone? Our selections are beautiful and equally, add a subtle touch of glamour. In Flamingo Quartz we have gone bold and in Tangerine Onyx we are changing the way we view and feel the world around us.

It is in That’s Life where we possibly have identified the collection in its totality. Geometry, comfort, the idea that there are no surprises and yet, the surprise is that we have created something of such awe-inspiring grandeur; we leave nothing to chance, and that is just the way we like to render homage to all of our customers.

From traditional materials to cutting edge techniques, we are embracing a future of interior design and in doing so, we are saying thank you to the eras which have made this exploration inspiring, diverse, and possible.

RAL 1035 Pearl

RAL 1035 Pearl

Slate Grey Marble

Slate Grey Marble

Slate Grey marble is characterized by the black background color crossed by veins with gray shades. Thanks to its dark color is the ideal marble for combinations with other materials such as metal, glass and wood.

Slate Grey marble slab

One stone connects Italy; from counter tops to wash basins, chopping blocks to side units. Marble. Marble is the chosen material of the artisan.

It is its naturalness that makes it unique. From colouring to density, no one piece is the same making it a material that only experts should touch. They select slates that capture how a mountain has evolved over time. A colour scheme giving a depth that man made stone can’t capture, one that we can build into our other experiences. Each vein that runs through the stone is a story; like the life lines that run over the palm of your hands, marble that is masoned to your experience represents your story.

«A depth that man made stone can’t capture.»

For the correct maintenance of all marble surfaces, it is recommended to use neutral detergents and no degreasers nor corrosive detergents. Acid substances may spoil the polished marble surface. It is also recommended to avoid contact with liquids and acid food and to remove immediately these substances if they accidentally come in contact with the surface.

Breathe the Character of the Design

Breathe the Character of  the Design

Defining the modern space is the challenge every designer goes through. Creating harmony and adding character to a living area which is devoid of any requires “the eye” that you so often hear about. So how do you match “the eye” with the perfect products?

Unify colours

Colour is king in any space, old or modern, but colour is essential to add gravitas to a piece as well. In this apartment, there is a lot going on with just a small selection. Brass detailing weaves between living spaces, uniquely tying in an industrial whilst chic feeling from both within the rooms and those of the bronze rooftops that the open glass facades view from every living quarter.

Black stone paneling covers the walls, again contrasting with the bronze reflections from the rooftops facing the space, and the almost white wood flooring gives an earth like tone and feel bringing high octane design back to earth.

But it is the colour, blue, that requires a formal introduction. Giuseppe Viganò Auto-Reverse cuts a bold figure in the space. It is not afraid to proudly sit whilst the rest of Vilnius busily works in the streets surrounding this luxury apartment. Cutting through the modern and sometimes unforgiving hardness of stone and metal, the crushed velvet sofa brings softness to the space, shaping the room to be inviting and comfortable. It is contrasted with the reverse colour, a cream that allows the floor and the walls to blend into the structure, making the blue pop and stand out even more in this luxury setting.

A theme that runs throughout

Modern design is then subjected to unwritten rules, ones that make a space grand and unique yet with fluid interpretations adding personal touches along the way.

The floor to ceiling windows cascades light throughout this project in Vilnius, and the bedroom is the second setting where a common theme can be again seen between living spaces. Bronze reflections from the outside, brass in the ceiling lights and paneling, black on the walls and near white wood on the floors. It is a continuation of the theme from the living space downstairs, and it is heightened again, by the choice of furniture.

Auto-Reverse Dream continues the theme like few other pieces could dare to capture. The minimal structure, the hand-crafted materials, the reversible cushions, and the limitless opportunities to create something unique with stitchings, zips, colour and material choices has been captured in placing the bed firmly in the middle of the room. The contrast of again, a blue, as seen downstairs with this time, purple, unifies and adds to the theme already clearly established.

When you bring together every aspect of the apartment, what makes it stand out from other modern interpretations? Colours? Space? Single touches of elegance from the brass, black and even white? It is in the levity that the space brings that defines this apartment. It is in choosing the right objects and materials that can truly unify all of the things above and beyond. Auto-Reverse just happens to do it all.

Thanks to:

Prusta LTD – www.prusta.lt – Ieva.prusta@gmail.com

  • Location: Vilnius
  • Other participants: architect Ieva Prunskaite
  • Photo credits:Leonas Garbačiauskas

Arketipo Firenze | VIDEO CORPORATE

Arketipo Firenze | VIDEO CORPORATE

Flamingo Quartz Marble

Flamingo Quartz Marble

Flamingo Quartz is a quartzite which crystals are characterized by a mix of pale rose, purple red with intrusions of white-grey.

Flamingo quartz marble

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the word, flamingo? Hold that thought. For us, the flamingo is more than just a beautiful creature, it’s a showcase of colour and a unique sense of being. It reminds us that different is just that, different.

And like the flamingo’s home in Miami, this marble reflects a vision that the city has. Warmth, filled with character and a softness that sits atop years of growth and change. Mother nature has shaped this material to reflect something unique, something that takes time to create. This stone has been exposed to the most extreme temperatures and in doing so it has formed a material that is unique; a quartz that is translucent and impactful from the very first time you see it.

So when you think of the word Flamingo now, what are you thinking about?

For the correct maintenance of all marble surfaces, it is recommended to use neutral detergents and no degreasers nor corrosive detergents. Acid substances may spoil the polished marble surface. It is also recommended to avoid contact with liquids and acid food and to remove immediately these substances if they accidentally come in contact with the surface.

Tangerine Onyx Marble

Tangerine Onyx Marble

Tangerine Onyx is a multi-coloured onyx, one of the most spectacular ones for its incredible colouring.

Each slab is unique and unrepeatable, its vivid colours change from one slab to another and vary from white to bright orange and from red to green.

Tangerine Onyx

From the first written words of the bible to the ancient Indian and Persian scriptures, Onyx has been omnipresent in cultures all over the world. And yet, when you think of onyx, what comes to mind? Is it a stone that “transforms negative energy into positive” or is it something that represents a culture, a people like the ancient greeks?

There is something prophetic about choosing a stone that represents all of the above and more. The warm tangerine effect that weaves and blends into every aspect of the stone is nature in full design and the contrasting cream, grey, and even hints of green show just what Mother Nature is capable of in her grandeur. This is a stone that has been exposed to the most complex of changes and in doing so, creates something beautiful and distinctly uncommon.

Onyx has a rare power and beauty; it is not a coincidence that we have chosen this for our designs.  

For the correct maintenance of all marble surfaces, it is recommended to use neutral detergents and no degreasers nor corrosive detergents. Acid substances may spoil the polished marble surface. It is also recommended to avoid contact with liquids and acid food and to remove immediately these substances if they accidentally come in contact with the surface.

Zebrano

Zebrano

The rules of feng shui state that wood is the element of yin and yang; a balance of masculine and feminine, a material that combines strength and flexibility representing “beginnings, new life, and new growth.” In furniture design, never has a material had such a unique application and understanding; whether you are an artisan crafting with hand tools or a factory that manipulates with heat and stain, wood is a universal element understood by everyone that comes into contact with it.
There is a sensory appreciation that we all feel; wood is one of the first materials that humans come into contact with. Think back to your favourite childhood toys, those passed through generations, found in storage” “boxes and shown in old family photos. They all contain a relationship with the basic material that we have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.
For us, wood is about the connection between past and present. We feel it every time we use it, we understand its power and fragility, we know that we must champion what wood can do to any design of any living space.
Wood is what connects to the earth, a feeling that we must embrace, respect and rejoice.

«We have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.»

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

The rules of feng shui state that wood is the element of yin and yang; a balance of masculine and feminine, a material that combines strength and flexibility representing “beginnings, new life, and new growth.” In furniture design, never has a material had such a unique application and understanding; whether you are an artisan crafting with hand tools or a factory that manipulates with heat and stain, wood is a universal element understood by everyone that comes into contact with it.
There is a sensory appreciation that we all feel; wood is one of the first materials that humans come into contact with. Think back to your favourite childhood toys, those passed through generations, found in storage” “boxes and shown in old family photos. They all contain a relationship with the basic material that we have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.
For us, wood is about the connection between past and present. We feel it every time we use it, we understand its power and fragility, we know that we must champion what wood can do to any design of any living space.
Wood is what connects to the earth, a feeling that we must embrace, respect and rejoice.

«We have spent years reconnecting through our designs and focus.»

An Arketipo Story

An Arketipo Story

An Arketipo Story

An Arketipo Story

We have something that runs through our business. It is a thing that is obsessed with a culture that champions quality and emphasizes experience not objects, design not furniture.

It is Perfection Compulsive Disorder

This is not a trivial play on words, nor a lightly taken statement about health. We believe that perfection is “a journey, not a destination.” A journey that is grounded in not only creating products of quality, but one that understands the past and sees clearly into the future. Every product, every design and every part of our production is researched to ensure we deliver perfection. Nothing is taken for granted.

We learn from the beauty of world around us. Take Luciano, our thread specialist who uses a book of different tree barks to inspire the colours of our material. “I use chemicals to colour, but the perfect colour combination is created by nature.” It is like this with every material, we do the most minimal of interventions to understand how they behave, and what we can learn from them.

And what does the Perfection Compulsive Disorder business strive for? Sustainability. It understands how materials need to be sourced, it identifies with designers who not only champion ideas of valuing a product but withstand the test of time in every conceivable aspect. As Giuseppe Viganò says, “our heritage and culture guide us to a new age, it is the combination of the old and the new that creates our unique voice.”

When you take every element of the material and the design and place it in the hands of our master craftsman, you have the closing of the circle in Perfection Compulsive Disorder. Because ours is a culture of the artisan, the one who understands what it means to treasure something of beauty and of great quality – and then create it, the way it is meant to be.

An Arketipo product is a journeyAn understanding of our cultural history and a clear eye into the future, one that does not hide from the challenges we all face and one that champions a way to do things differently, and better!

PCD Video

PCD Video

Perfection Compulsive Disorder

Perfection Compulsive Disorder

We suffer from perfection compulsive disorder.

A culture that is reflected in our nature, our passion, our identity. It has helped us to create a sophisticated, high quality and beautifully crafted collection of home furnishings.

But it has not been done alone. It has only been achievable when people – not ideas,  machines, nor a slogan – have come together. It is a core belief of our organisation; aim for perfection, we will know when we reach it – if we ever reach it.

Because it is a team of people that create great things.

Our team is made up of believers and dreamers. It’s the Florentine artisan, the artist and craftsman, the worker and ideologue. From the very top to the bottom, there is no distinction of what the sum of each part makes; a unified squad, pulling together to make something magical. We place our faith in each component, each worker’s hands and vision to say, “let’s bring this home”.

We can talk about our products, we can spend hours telling you the provenance of each material, the importance of colour and even selecting the correct grain of marble. Our search for perfection starts with our team.

This is our team. Not all of them, but some. Our leader, our creators, our thinkers and our artisans. They have Perfection Compulsive Disorder.  Discover how much.

A Coffee Table Evolution

A Coffee Table Evolution

We have described small tables as “supporting acts” and dining tables as “a study of community” yet, when we develop a table of any size or shape, are we really doing them a disservice when we use these terms?

Take a space, fill it with the objects you love, the objects that bring the room together and you start to create a personality; or you reflect your own. But in every room, there is a space for bridging identity, culture and design. Small tables have the unique power of letting other objects take a room on and simultaneously making them functional and beautiful when selected with style at the front of the mind.

Small tables thus, are “balance” in a world of imbalance.

Low tables

Take the greatest living rooms in history, pop culture… your own life. What do they have in common? A place to rest your remote controls, books, a drink at the end of a hard day or just a place to simply put a beautiful bowl of flowers. They are the ubiquitous feature of a living room all over the world and yet, they do not ask for our direct attention, they just have it.

It is within designs like Mauro Lipparini’s, Final Cut and Douglas that we see beauty is enshrined in function. These are simply not tables; they are statements of individual creativity. Douglas asks us all to take a step back and understand how angles, materials and combinations can work together in a room whilst Final Cut is a masterpiece of engineering; calling it a low table is a disservice to something uniquely individual in design and execution.

Seeing through the simple

If we search for elegance and equal doses of sobriety, glass is the material of choice in a living space. Used as part of a design in furniture making, they add gravitas to interior design whilst providing a light touch to a room. For the curious consumer, glass gives us a clear view into how something is made. 

Chimera is the epitome of glass construction. Dainelli Studio has taken a material that can be fragile and made it into something solid; a construct of engineering and design which appreciates the raw material and transforms it into a showcase of sinuous lines, and light absorbing beauty.

Whilst the glass constructs of Rebus (silk screened) and Odissey (laser cut) are uniquely positioned, Mauro Lipparini has used these constructs of glass engineering to highlight the other facets of these individual tables, their forms. Without glass, you could not appreciate the geometric styling of Rebus nor the subtle elegance of Odissey. They need glass to show you how design is the star of a room and how materials can combine to elevate every aspect of one.

Living with marble

Marble is so intrinsically woven into Italian culture that we sometimes forget just how precious it is; that is why our designers take a step back to showcase that even through the smallest iterations, like a small table, we can create something that screams, artisan ingenuity.

Marble’s beauty is that every slab can be different in colours & shades, different harmonies created through veining, and that no two tables (or creations) will ever be alike.

Marble is a natural material that truly is individual, refining a space and gracing interiors for centuries as a point of beauty.

Gino Carollo’s Moon Invaders understands this unique material better than most. He created something that is “a welcoming embrace of the nuanced isometric American art movement of the 80s and 90s” over anything from the 1890s. Enshrined in vegetable tanned leather, this future looking concept is meant to make you admire marble for its natural beauty and how we can emotionally connect to something so ingeniously creative.

Connecting with earth

When we can bring what is outside in, when we can have a spiritual connection with the ground we walk on, when we can meditate and mindfully bathe amongst nature, we become better. Wood is the primary encounter in our interior lives and the artisan, the designer and the creator all have a connection with wood unlike few other materials.

Wood connects our past, present, and future. Wood is warm and connects us to the cold, sometimes harsh materials used in design. Wood can be finished to match different environments.

Take one look at Gordon Guillaumier’s, Armonia and you instantly appreciate how wood captures everything we have described. Wood is the counterpoint to the metallic geometric structure, softening the piece whilst elevating its intrinsic simplicity.

Mauro Lipparini’s Noth on the other hand is a measure of wood’s flexibility to appear light and equally sturdy. Wood shouldn’t “float”, but this structure purposely challenges our assumptions, it asks us to look at how this design can be a centerpiece or smaller incarnation to marry any room filled with a connection to the outside world.

A set

When we take a design and create a series of smaller or larger iterations, what are we really doing? The artisan is testing their skills, the designer is questioning interior balance but when they combine, they create something that enriches any interior space.

Look at Bartoli Design, Petra. Three distinct forms of imbalance thanks to the marble being offset and yet, their different heights and shapes and even materials make them distinctly different. A large space would hold all of them, yet a smaller space, with two pieces would showcase just how unique a design can be.

And Dainelli Studio understood that with Chimera. The overlapping structures mean that individually, these pieces stand the test of time but combined, they can turn any room into something that yearns to be seen, design that rightly craves attention.

New Collection 2021

New Collection 2021

An Arketipo Story

An Arketipo Story

We have something that runs through our business. It is a thing that is obsessed with a culture that champions quality and emphasizes experience not objects, design not furniture.

It is Perfection Compulsive Disorder

This is not a trivial play on words, nor a lightly taken statement about health. We believe that perfection is “a journey, not a destination.” A journey that is grounded in not only creating products of quality, but one that understands the past and sees clearly into the future. Every product, every design and every part of our production is researched to ensure we deliver perfection. Nothing is taken for granted.

We learn from the beauty of world around us. Take Luciano, our thread specialist who uses a book of different tree barks to inspire the colours of our material. “I use chemicals to colour, but the perfect colour combination is created by nature.” It is like this with every material, we do the most minimal of interventions to understand how they behave, and what we can learn from them.

And what does the Perfection Compulsive Disorder business strive for? Sustainability. It understands how materials need to be sourced, it identifies with designers who not only champion ideas of valuing a product but withstand the test of time in every conceivable aspect. As Giuseppe Viganò says, “our heritage and culture guide us to a new age, it is the combination of the old and the new that creates our unique voice.”

When you take every element of the material and the design and place it in the hands of our master craftsman, you have the closing of the circle in Perfection Compulsive Disorder. Because ours is a culture of the artisan, the one who understands what it means to treasure something of beauty and of great quality – and then create it, the way it is meant to be.

An Arketipo product is a journey. An understanding of our cultural history and a clear eye into the future, one that does not hide from the challenges we all face and one that champions a way to do things differently, and better!

Pacific Blue Glass

Pacific Blue Glass

Smoked Glass

Smoked Glass

2021 YEARBOOK

2021 YEARBOOK

We sometimes forget to take a moment to cherish what makes our past collections so special. It is why in our new catalogue we have gone one step further.

We have cast a new eye, dusted off the lens, and gone all out to capture our timeless classics in two different surroundings.

In these locations we re-discovered how our pieces can co-exist in different environments; a testament that our craftsmanship and design principles can belong anywhere.

It was in the Italy of Nature where we focused on the mountains and the forests and where we found inspiration from Nordic design discipline yet, an appreciation of our own ideas and vision. Our classic furniture reflected a style that was minimal whilst warm, subtle whilst welcoming. We played with contrasts of materials and creative thinking to highlight the artisan and personalities. Our pieces reflect Italy but relate to the modernist design values of the world we live in today.

And it was in the Italy of Industry where that versatility saw us capture a zen-inspired living philosophy, formally acknowledging the design doctrine of the East. Our timeless classics punched through the precision-led ambiance to bring warmth and softness, a subtle design ethos backed by industrious concepts.

From materials to colours, philosophies to visions we understand that our pieces are more than just where they end up living, they become the personality of the home that you are creating. We endeavour to make products that look beyond what is present and give an idea into the sustainability of not only the materials we choose but also a design ideology that will stand the test of time.

Picking the Right Colour

Picking the Right Colour

Picking the right colour

Picking the right colour has always been a subtle yet important art form. From the renaissance masters to the interior designers of today, having a colour palette can fundamentally change every aspect of a room and the furniture we covet.

Colour must be seen as a way to accent a room or make it truly stand out for something different. Like choosing makeup to highlight your eyes and cheeks or picking the right pocket square for a suit, colour matters.

Pink, when used in the smallest doses can add a touch of glamour to any room. Contrasted with grey and blue tones, you are left with what is a stylish and accentuated tone that doesn’t try to hide – if anything, it is calling you to see the room for what it is.

Designer Frida Ramstedt famously quipped, “Some like white, gray and neutral colors, because they make them feel good. Others choose them because they are a winning bet if you can’t decide on something alternative.”

Smooth Operator in this context stands proudly in a room that is focused on contrasts of neutral tones and materials. The grey marble floor, the dark chocolate walls and the metallic gold piece together a colour palette that screams of glamour and yet it is subtly done.

Blue and brown are a must in many a designer’s colour palette choice. They are the perfect contrast colour, the incredible accent and even an emotive colour providing movement and grounding to any room.

This delicious palette contrast of grays, black, cream and brown perfectly highlights where earth tones can live in a modern space. Starman in this environment would have been out of place had another colour been selected. Warm and welcoming, the contrast with neutral tones and the designers favourite, dove gray accents makes this set-up one of the most desired.

Auto-Reverse comes in many selections, but when you want to stand away from a neutral palette, it is a piece that understands boldness is a weapon. Blue with cream in the delicate construction and cushioning makes this a piece that fears no room. Combined in a set up that uses browns, dove gray, mottled marble and yellow hues, it helps tone down what is a colour that is a star in its own right.

Again, blue is the colour of choice for the Freedom  armchair whilst the sofa uses dove gray in this design focus. When contrasted with warm wood tones, hard marble and cement textures, it acutely underlines the essence of what blue can achieve, an understated softness and a sense of movement in this stylish, modern room.

But what if you were to bring the outside, in? Rust and turquoise would be your starting palette. They are reminiscent of the desert. Bringing together a mixture of metals, such as copper, or natural textures and patterns, such as wood and stone, for an even more authentic feel would be the starting point.

This stunning setup combines both rust and turquoise in materials displayed across the room. The doors bring the yellow golden brown that we identify so easily with rust whilst the couch, Ego is beautifully finished in a soft turquoise colour that contrasts with the gray floor, the black piano and even the purple rug. An ensemble of colour that manages to bring warmth yet leave space for a minimalist vision of colour.

Understanding this colour palette is about understanding textures and the materials that can make it feel more in tune with the world we live in. Like Starman in this set-up. It is neither rust coloured or turquoise, but the materials around the article subtly are. Look at Jupiter‘s golden frame. Pay attention to the geometric rust coloured shape on the floor and even the hints of blue in the marble on the table.

With a few pieces, this palette is brought to life in what, at first glance may seem like an ode to cream and gray.

Colour is important but knowing how to use colour in a room is equally the difference between having a vision or having just an item to admire. Choose wisely and you will have a room that speaks for your own style and tastes.