"We gather in ether and store things in clouds. Unhinged, we are spiraling towards something new. “- Robert Arpin
PARLOUR™ founder and artist Robert Arpin obscures the boundaries between furniture and art with work that challenges the orthodoxies of modernism. Exhausted by the theatrics of early 90's New York and overcome by an urge to nest, Mr. Arpin enrolled in the Interior Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1994. Throughout the 90’s he worked with architect Robert Rossi for clients such as the Smithsonian Institution, Zimmerman AIA and restaurateur Marvin Paige.
The turn of the millennium forced a move from the drafting table to the laptop. An accomplished draftsman becomes a self-taught digital artist supported by freelance work and a steady job in the hospitality industry. Raised on cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain a hard-wired environmentalist dedicated to sustainability before it was a sound bite, the release of the Satoshi Nakamoto white paper on Bitcoin in 2010 was validation for his vision to seed a manufacturing platform for the decentralized production of products. Digital replication portends the collapse of manufacturing as we know it. Blockchain based digital templates accessed using transparent smart contracts can monitor the execution of simply designed production protocols. The future of manufacturing is local.
In the spring of 2016 he launched PARLOUR™ at Spin Ceramics on Crosby Street in SoHo. His work was featured in Interior Design magazine's 2016 fall market tabloid. Six months later found him bedridden with chronic Lyme. Having won a two year battle with the disease and with a steely determination to win one for the planet he is releasing 25 years worth of work assembled in a series of pop up installations. This is furniture designed to be built anywhere using local talent and smart contracts-the value of a local relationship in every piece.