Fashionable Furnishings

Arper’s latest pieces are all dressed up in fabric designed by Raf Simons through Kvadrat.


By Rachel Gallaher


The Arper Aston Club chair upholstered in Sonar 3 fabric from Raf Simons and Kvadrat.




Although Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons won’t be showing his eponymous Spring/Summer 2021 Men’s and first-ever Women’s collections until October 23 (as announced on Instagram this morning), design lovers can get a hit of Simons’ aesthetic in their homes now with Arper’s new 2020 collections, Adell and Aston Club. The Italian furnishings company has chosen fabrics designed and developed by Kvadrat and Raf Simons as options for upholstering the two lounge chairs.

The four fabrics—durable and easily woven into a range of décor styles—are available in a handful of colorways and reflect Simons’ decades of experience in the menswear sector. Atom is a coarse bouclé with a seemingly random pattern, Balder 3 is woven from several different tones of thread in an apparently irregular weave, Sonar 3 is based on the fine suiting tweeds used in high fashion garments, and Ria takes inspiration from Pointillism: the textile is made up of thinner, single-toned yarn, through which are woven two colors of thicker yarn to create a subtly textured dotting of color across the surface.

When discussing the new fabrics and the close collaboration with Simons, Anna Vilhelmine Ebbesen, head of design consumers at Kvadrat, notes, “Each textile has a strong character—texture and color play an important role in every design. Color, in particular, is crucial: it is a strong communicator and it brings energy to the furniture.”

The four fabrics—durable and easily woven into a range of décor styles—are available in a handful of colorways and reflect Simons’ decades of experience in the menswear sector. Atom is a coarse bouclé with a seemingly random pattern, Balder 3 is woven from several different tones of thread in an apparently irregular weave, Sonar 3 is based on the fine suiting tweeds used in high fashion garments, and Ria takes inspiration from Pointillism: the textile is made up of a thinner, single-toned yarn, through which are woven two colors of thicker yarn to create a subtly textured dotting of color across the surface.

“Raf and I complement each other in many aspects, and we spend a lot of time discussing our

When discussing the new fabrics and the close collaboration with Simons, Anna Vilhelmine Ebbesen, head of design consumers at Kvadrat, notes, “Each textile has a strong character—texture and color play an important role in every design. Color, in particular, is crucial: it is a strong communicator and it brings energy to the furniture.”





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