Luigi Feltrin, honorary president of Italian furniture company Arper, passed away from complications after contracting COVID-19 on April 5 at the age of 85.
Feltrin founded Arper in Monastier di Treviso in 1989, together with his sons Claudio, current president of Arper, and Mauro. Intuition and entrepreneurial spirit always distinguished Luigi. He visited the company daily and never failed to share his passion and sincere admiration for the brand and its products.
He led a dynamic life full of challenges: he moved to Piedmont when he was young, then to Switzerland, and then returned to Veneto and began his entrepreneurial journey—initially dedicated to the processing of leather, where Arper’s expertise with the material began. Today, Arper has 260 employees, a turnover of 72 million euros, an export of 92 percent, and 12 showrooms worldwide.
“My brother Mauro, my son Giulio, and particularly I were lucky enough to be able to work alongside my father at the company,” Claudio Feltrin says. “The past 48 years have enriched me in a priceless way, because with a mentor like him, one can only get better and better.”
Photo: Giovanni Gastel