Arper Opens New Showroom Space in Chicago

This is the Italian design brand’s fifteenth showroom globally

Arper, a global design brand that envisions products for the way we live, has opened its first Chicago showroom outside of the Merchandise Mart in the Fulton Market district. In addition to the brand’s manufacturing facility in High Point, NC, this new space is one of three showrooms in the US–Chicago, Los Angeles, New York.

Roberto Monti, CEO of Arper, shares the significance of opening this new showroom in Fulton Market, “we’ve had a presence in Chicago for over a decade, and it continues to be a key strategic market for Arper. Chicago has a deep history of design and architecture, so it is a logical market for our design brand. Chicago is also a central location that serves the broader region, with visitors frequently traveling in from other markets.”

Arper chose to open a standalone showroom outside of The Mart, as this lends an opportunity to reach a broader audience and interact more directly with clients and visitors from the surrounding community.

“We want to be part of a thriving and diverse neighborhood that serves both industry professionals and consumers alike. This space showcases our perspective through The Project of Living, offering solutions in an environment that intuitively supports the occupants in a variety of settings” continues Roberto Monti, CEO of Arper.

The furniture manufacturer plans to host a grand opening celebration early in 2024, alongside a series of events and activations allowing the brand to have a deeper engagement with partners and clients.

The new 4,500-square-foot space was designed by Charlie Green Studio and will feature an outdoor space, illustrating the versatility and flexibility of many Arper products. The showroom will highlight how Arper’s portfolio can be utilized in a variety of settings, from the workplace to hospitality to residential.

Arper aims to shift the paradigm of the traditional showroom by creating a space that can be utilized for a variety of functions with a focus on community, hospitality, and design. The goal of this space is to share the brand’s perspective on The Project of Living, aiming to create an inspiring and engaging space that supports all of the ways we live and work today. Just like The Project of Living evolves, Arper sees this space continually evolving and plans to host clients and partners to meet, learn, collaborate, and celebrate. Arper envisions this as an immersive experience to learn about the brand and products, offering a studio-like setting where designers and clients alike can browse, design, and specify solutions tailored to their exact needs. Arper is well known for its use of material and color; the space offers a library and studio setting to enable clients to design and browse a wide array of available options and finishes.

The showroom embodies a sustainable mindset through its open layout, minimizing architectural material usage. Architectural elements discreetly support the furniture, becoming a backdrop to the brand’s mission without overshadowing it. This thoughtful approach creates an atmosphere that echoes Arper’s ethos and commitment to sustainability. The space utilizes fixtures and appliances that perform beyond any regulatory requirements, including low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and energy-saving lighting. As is outlined in Arper’s sustainability report, the company is also limiting its environmental impact in various ways as part of daily practice, including recycling, limited landfill waste, and elimination of single-use plastics.

The abundant natural light in the space is also a nod not only to sustainability but also to the health and well-being of users of the space.

167 N Green St.
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60607

About Arper

Arper is a global design brand that envisions products for the way we live. Founded in Italy in 1989 by the Feltrin family, Arper offers, through empathetic and enduring designs, a perspective on contemporary living that increasingly requires fluidity and versatility. Arper approaches design through The Project of Living, a dialogue that embraces change, whether it concerns the world as a whole or people as they evolve. Sustainability plays a central role for Arper, which aims to become a leading example of a responsible business, by integrating sustainability into the organization’s culture, processes and products. The company employs a total of 280 people in Italy and abroad. Arper owns 15 spaces around the world. Of these, six are the headquarters of the Group’s subsidiaries: New York, (Arper USA), Dubai (Arp Middle East), London (Arper UK), Tokyo (Arper Japan), Shanghai (Arper China) and Mexico City (Arper LATAM). Locations in Milan, Cologne, Amsterdam, Oslo, Chicago and Los Angeles are used as design centers that are resources for Arper’s partners and customers offering full immersion in the Arper brand.

About Arper USA

Part of the Arper group and headquartered in New York City, Arper USA was founded in 2008. The branch now operates via three different flagship locations: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2018, Arper opened a 100,200-square-foot production facility in High Point, North Carolina. This plant was Arper’s first of what is a growing network of manufacturing locations outside of the company’s headquarters in Treviso, marking a significant shift towards a more global business model.