Sameera Hanif Tuesday 03 Jul 2012

Launched at London Design Festival 2010, the Arpa armchair is the signature piece from Jaime Hayon's critically acclaimed collection for luxury furniture brand Se.

Inspired by the harp, Hayon's lively imprint is easy to discern in the curvaceous metal skeleton of the Arpa – a piece of furniture that reinvents the classic club wing armchair as a sculptural form.

The armchair is manufactured and upholstered by the finest artisan craftspeople in France, hand-finished to the highest standards. The frame is constructed from lacquered steel rods in three different widths and hollow tubes welded together to create a ‘bubble-gum effect’. The Arpa’s upholstered seat includes a layer of feather for extra comfort, creating a counterpoint between the hard structure and the soft seating. The Arpa footstool was recently added to the Arpa family of furniture at the Salone del Mobile 2012 in Milan.

Since its launch, the Arpa armchair by Se has caused a stir in the furniture design industry, recently being described by pioneering designer and manufacturer Giulio Cappellini as "one of the best chairs he has seen in years".

Available in a choice of colours, fabrics and leathers, the Arpa can be adapted to a wide range of spaces from private homes to contract to ephemeral settings with dimensions of 75W x 100D x 120.