The history begins in the eighties and tells how the passion for the quality of Florentine textile manufacturing led to the creation of upholstered furniture, combining top quality with attention to detail and a vibrant and eternal image. During the last years, its main goal has been brand reinforcement and repositioning in the high end sector of the market.
Since 2008 the offer has been enlarged: besides sofas and armchairs a collection of accessories has been introduced. These accessories permit the realization of complete, elegant, sophisticated but also functional and cozy living rooms.
The result is an easy chic living where culture of furniture, heritage and functionality combine in a refined way.
In 2011 Arketipo, already well known for its excellent know-how, was acquired by Cattelan Italia, worldwide leader of furniture accessories. This is the beginning of a new era, which preserves the past values and guarantees the business evolution. Today Arketipo Firenze products are present in about 800 dealers mainly located in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, UK, France, Russia, Australia and Middle East. The presence in the US is also relevant and Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan markets are becoming more important.
Arne Vodder was a Danish furniture designer and a student of another influential Scandinavian designer Finn Juhl. In 1951, he opened his own studio with the architect Anton Borg. Vodder’s designs are timeless, modest and free of sharp edges. One of his notable sideboards combines natural rosewood with coloured panels and drawers shaped in a way to avoid the need for handles. Vodder worked with various manufacturers including Sibast Furniture in the 1950s, Fritz Hansen and Cadovius. In the 1960s, Vodder’s designs caught the eye of Jimmy Carter and his furniture reached the White House.
Axel Larsson was a Swedish interior architect and furniture designer. Larsson worked most of his career as a designer at the Swedish furniture factory Bodafors, where he started in 1925. There he developed several furniture series. Larsson also worked on many important interior design projects, such as the Gothenburg Concert Hall and Hotel Park Avenue.
Børge Mogensen was one of the most important Danish Modern furniture designers among his generation. His designs are simple, classical and highly functional. Mogensen started as a cabinetmaker in 1934 and later studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He worked with Kaare Klint and continued his studies to develop domestic items that are customized for specific uses. Mogensen introduced the idea of building shelving units as part of a room, rather than buying and placing them in there. Mogensen was awarded many medals for his designs and his work has been featured in international exhibitions. Well-known furniture include: The Spokeback Sofa (1945).
Carl Malmsten was a Swedish furniture designer, architect and educator who founded Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies and Cappellagården, which offer courses in carpentry and cabinet making. Malmsten was inspired by Swedish culture and nature—the country manor and rustic styles, so he often used light colored wood and created beautiful harmonious furniture. He was opposed to functionalism and believed that his designs should reflect the traditional role of a home as an intimate place for people to gather and rest. Some of his well-known works include: Samsas sofa and easy chair, Samspel lounge set.
Fernando Fragua was born in Madrid in 1963. He graduated from the Madrid Complutense University with a degree in Fine Arts. Specializing in painting and sculpture, Fragua has received many awards, from which stand out the 2 Prize in the XV Painting Contest Eusebio Sempere or the Mention of Honor in the 2nd National Contest of Plastic Arts Villa de Brunete. Fragua has held solo exhibitions in the Milan Gallery of Madrid, the Alexandra Irigoyen Gallery, the Congress Hall and the Center of Modern Art of Madrid among many other places.
"In my work it has always been a constant to investigate new techniques, I believe that it is necessary to pick up everything new that can be translated into artistic language." - Fernando Fragua
Flavio Poli was an Italian ceramic artist, designer and a businessman. Poli was born in Chioggia, attended the Instituto d’Arte di Venezia and started working as a ceramics designer. In 1929 he switched to glass and designed for Libero Vitali’s I.V.A.M. Poli also collaborated with the Compagnia di Venezia e Murano. In 1934 he became the artistic director (and three years later a partner) of Barovier, Seguso & Ferro, which later became Seguso Vetri d’Arte. Together with Archimede Seguso, Poli was the author of grandiose lighting installations and of animals in massiccio glass shaped while hot, productions which represented a milestone in the development of Murano glass. In the years between 1950-1960, at the height of his artistic maturity, Poli designed a series of sommerso glass pieces in a Nordic style, which were awarded prestigious Compasso d’Oro prizes.
Gianfranco Frattini was an Italian architect and designer. He is a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s. He graduated from Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture in 1953 and joined Gio Ponti's studio. In 1954, thanks to Ponti, he began working with Cesare Cassina, who would always remain an important figurehead for him. Frattini was one of the founders of ADI and was involved in the management of the Triennale di Milano on several occasions. He opened his own design studio in Milan and worked with numerous companies in the field of furniture and lighting design including Bernini, Arteluce, Knoll and Artemide. Frattini won many professional awards and prizes, among them the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1956.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson was a Swedish furniture and lighting designer. Jakobsson apprenticed as a carpenter and studied architecture in Gothenburg. In 1951 he founded Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, where he created lighting design, candlesticks and furniture. Jakobsson was influenced by Sweden’s shimmering lakes and dark woods that inspired him to experiment with different materials and to master the direction and color of light. Jakobsson’s lamp designs hide irritating glaring bulbs, making him famous for soft lighting.
Norwegian-born Henry Walter Klein was admitted to Frederiksberg Technical College in Denmark in 1949, where Finn Juhl was teaching at the time. Before that he earned degrees in mathematics and linguistics and worked as a cabinetmaker. After graduation, Klein returned to Norway, where he worked as an interior designer and developed a new method for manufacturing plastic furniture. He sold the patent to various furniture producers, including Fritz Hansen and Bramin. Klein’s designs are characterized by clean lines and organic details.
Ib Kofod-Larsen was a Danish architect and furniture designer, whose organic and minimalist designs have today become more desirable than ever. Kofod-Larsen worked for a British furniture manufacturer G-Plan and Faarup in Denmark and designed mainly for Swedish market during the 1950s and 1960s. His furniture is usually made of rosewood, teak and leather. Most sought-after designs include: Elizabeth chair, sofa and ottoman (1956), sideboards by Faarup, Penguin chair.
Illum Wikkelsø was a Danish cabinet maker, interior and furniture designer. He became an independent furniture designer in 1954 and received several awards for his work. Wikkelsø believed that furniture should be a delight to the eye, but also be solid and durable. He drew inspiration from the Danish landscape for his clean-lined and elegant designs.
Jaime Hayón is a Spanish artist-designer born in Madrid in 1974. He studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris. In 1997, Hayón joined Fabrica — the Benetton-funded design and communication academy in Italy, where he directed the design department until 2003. Since then, Hayón has been working on his projects in his own studio. He has created furniture for iconic danish company Fritz Hansen, Magis, Bisazza, B.D. Barcelona, Se London, Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti and Moooi. Hayón’s work has appeared in prestigious art and design publications worldwide and he has won numerous awards.