Arflex | An Italian Design Story

In late February 2020, SCP Contracts are delighted to host a stand-alone exhibition of furniture from Italian manufacturer Arflex at their Shoreditch Showroom. The exhibition features new designs from Studio Asaï, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Neri & Hu and the Arflex in-house design team, alongside a collection of the brand’s most popular and enduring products. Divided into a number of room sets across an open floor plate, the show explores how different configurations of furniture, fabrics and finishes can affect atmosphere and mood.

Exhibition Open Daily from 24 February to 6 March
135 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX

Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Sun: 11.00am – 5.00pm

Marenco Sofa by Mario Marenco
Cradle Sofa by Neri & Hu

Arflex was founded in 1947, when a group of three Pirelli technicians teamed up with the young architect Marco Zanuso to experiment with materials for the furniture industry. Their idea was simple – how could new materials and technologies be applied to the making of upholstery, to help modernise both the production of the pieces and the designs themselves.

After extensive research and development, the results were presented to the public for the first time at the IX Triennale in Milan in 1951, where the new designs won the Gold Medal. Arflex then went on to forge a reputation for excellence in manufacturing, creating aesthetically beautiful designs with new technologies and materials. They embraced the innovation of the 1960s, which saw the development of a range of designs in polyester resins and fibreglass, while also expanding their manufacturing base across Europe.

As well as creating leading-edge designs in the domestic market, Arflex have worked extensively in the automotive industry. They have maintained a reputation for combining innovation with elegance. In recent years they have created award-winning designs with Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, while a number of original Arflex designs have been incorporated into permanent collections worldwide, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

New Products

  • Sigmund writing desk and table by Studio Asaï
  • Cradle armchair and sofa by Neri & Hu
  • Gloria armchair by Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Goya table by the Arflex in-house design team

Permanent Collection

  • Hug chair and love seat by Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Marenco sofa by Mario Marenco
  • Match table and Vela screen by Bernhardt & Vella
  • Arcolor sofa by Jaime Hayon
  • Botolo chair by Cini Boeri
  • Delfino armchair by Erberto Carboni
  • Naviglio sofa by Umberto Asnago
  • Elettra chair by B.B.P.R (architects)

Arflex at SCP