Arper is an Italian company that was set up in the late eighties with a view to manufacturing and selling its own range of products in Italy and overseas. Before its inception, the founders had gained many years' experience supplying finely crafted leather items to outside parties. Arper's expertise in producing high quality leather chairs proved to be the key to the company's immediate success with the public. Consequently the management soon decided to extend its product range to include items created with other materials in order to satisfy the needs of increasingly demanding consumers and expanding marketplaces. This corporate decision did not only focus on quality and safety, but also included design and aesthetics.