Arper has debuted Mixu, a sustainable and versatile collection of chairs and stools that can be completely customized to suit the needs of any context, environment, or desire. Designed in collaboration with Daniel Stromborg, product development design director at Gensler, Mixu comes in just three components: a base, a seat, and a backrest.
This three-part system of seat, backrest, and base can be personalized with myriad color and texture combinations to create a silhouette whose softly rounded geometric curves and minimal gesture create a perfect canvas for material expression.
The Mixu system is available in a range of material components for almost limitless design expressions. Seat options are available in post-industrial recycled plastic, FSC certified wood, fabric, or leather finishes. Seats can be combined with backrest options in a plastic, fabric, or leather and four-leg bases in either metal or FSC certified wood. A stool option with the same size seat as the chair offers generous comfort for hospitality or contract use.
The Mixu system was designed with sustainability in mind and can be shipped disassembled to reduce its volume and carbon footprint. Mixu can be completely disassembled for correct disposal, making this dynamic collection a materially conscious system throughout its life cycle.
The backrest and seat's upholsteries and the polyurethane foam padding are attached with no glue or stapling, allowing for an easy replacement and extending the life of the product. The steel metal base, made with up to 70-percent recycled steel, is finished with a powder-based coat - free of VOC emissions - so to reduce environmental impact. Gliders are entirely made of recyclable plastic.
Photography: Salva López