Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Arper awarded its first Compasso d’oro

Design by Simon Pengelly

Nuur is the archetypal table: a single, spare plane floats above four slender legs. The result is aesthetically pure but flexible. A universal system based on the simple principle of four corner legs, four rails and a top, Nuur adapts to diverse applications and environments.

Table tops are available in square or rectangular formats in either colored laminate or wood veneer. The structure is available in polished or painted aluminum.

The Compasso d’Oro has marked its 22nd edition with a prestigious ceremony in Rome. The leading Italian design prize recognises excellence in project work, products and research. This year Arper’s Nuur table has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro.

Recently, La Pelanda - the Testaccio branch of Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) - hosted the triennial Compasso d’Oro award ceremony. The award was conceived by Gio Ponti in 1954 and is promoted by the Industrial Design Association (ADI).

An international jury, made up of 8 members from both academia and the professional world, was presided over by Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis. The panel awarded 19 projects from over 200 entries which are now on display in the La Pelanda exhibition until September 25th, 2011. The jury commented that the Nuur table was awarded for its feeling of exceptional lightness and attention to detail in its design.

Arper’s CEO, Claudio Feltrin, who founded the company in 1989 with his father Luigi and brother Mauro, said “receiving the Compasso d’Oro is a very important goal for Arper; the jury’s decision on Nuur gratifies all of us and represents an acknowledgment of our company’s production skills and effectiveness. Over the past ten years, we have invested heavily in research, technology, environmental sustainability, communication and our commercial network, a complex commitment at the core of product projects, and design and functionality. Being awarded the Compasso d’Oro encourages us to keep on track, developing the policies and choices that Arper has made so far”.

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