Florence, a beautiful land located in the Italian region of Tuscany most people only dream of experiencing is home to Suite 22’s newest line of sofas, lounge seating, and accessories; Arketipo. Florence, well known for their haut-couture fashion, spectacular architecture, and a legendary artistic heritage (and of course incredible vineyards), has played a large part in the history of Italy. Originating as a Roman city and soon becoming the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence was politically, economically, and culturally one of the most important cities in Europe and the world from the 14th century to the 16th century which is why, to date, is recognized as one of the most artistic places on earth.
Arketipo was born in 1982 by a group of Tuscan entrepreneurs looking to make a statement in the upholstery world offering high quality, refined sofas. It was only until a few years back Arketipo has separated themselves from the pack and created a name for themselves that is now recognized around the world. From strictly sofas they have branched off to complete the their line with lounge chairs, coffee tables, bookshelves, and much more. Using techniques passed down from generation to generation, Arketipo has left no detail to the imagination. From the stitching to the beautiful fabrics and materials, the specific foams to the down feathers, each piece tells its own story.
We found Arketipo a few years back at iSaloni in Milan but weren’t quite ready to offer such a line as it, at the time, didn’t fit with the other lines we were offering or the look of our showroom. As we grew and attained complimentary lines to that of Arketipo, we felt it was the right time to make the move and team up as a dealer (if I am not mistaken, the only in Canada). Much like the other high-end sofa manufacturers throughout the world, they focus on timeless designs rather than what’s hot right now. They give most attention to the simplicity, function, and comfort of each piece so the client will love their purchase for years to come. You won’t find bright, flashy colors, nor will you find any gimmicks; instead you will see clean lines, soft cushions, and the most well rounded pieces you have seen in a long, long time.
In 2011, Arketipo was purchased by powerhouse Cattelan Italia in order to complete their line offering everything from the living room to the bedroom. This was a very tactical move by Cattelan Italia as they wanted to include sofas to their line but it wasn’t going to be just anyone. They searched at the top of the ladder and came across Arketipo and haven’t looked back. We placed our first showroom order back in April 2012 and have finally received our showroom pieces. We chose the Coast as it is nothing like anything we have in our collection. This sofa screams “CUDDLE ME” with its inviting soft edges, numerous throw cushions (which act as your back cushions), and an overflow of down feathers. To spice it up a little we chose a deep purple velvet fabric, which gives it almost a royal look, fit for a king or queen. The other sofa we chose was the Inkas which was new to the collection. The ability to get playful with the options of different back heights, multiple fabrics, and asymmetrical cushions, it was a no brainer. Again, filled with down feathers there is no sacrifice for style over comfort, I mean, really, who doesn’t want the best of both worlds?? We also show a variety of coffee tables, end tables, and bookshelves in our showroom.
We are so happy to be chosen as a dealer for the line and look forward to some great products coming through the showroom.