In 1947 Carlo Barass, engineer of Pirelli, together with Renato Teani, in the financial dpt. Pirelli, Pio Reggiani and Aldo Bai, founded the company Ar-flex (flexible furniture) that became later arflex.
They went on with the experiments made before the war from other people, together with the young architect Marzo Zanuso, began to experiment the use of foam rubber and elastic tapes for the furniture brand.
Arflex restarts not only products and experimentations, but also the engagement in spreading culture, the path was traced in 1960 withDomus and Gio Ponti (first international Design contest), giving life to a series of cultural initiatives:
- with 3 Italian Universities, contests in 1999 ('Sedute per comunita' = seats for community) and in 2004 ('Il gusto del bello ed il piacere di abitare ' = taste of beauty and pleasure in living).
- an itinerant museum of masters (Zanuso, Boeri, Carboni and Albini) touching Countries as Belgium, Japan, Great Britain, Holland, Brasil and Germany.
- realization of two books 'Tempi Moderni' (=modern times) 1997 by Franco Mirenzi and 'Design dei Tempi Moderni' (= design of modern times) 2004 by Franco Mirenzi the content of which involves research, inedited photos and the experiments conduced by arflex on products that made the history of Italian design.
- April 2007 on occasion of its 60th anniversary arflex presented inVia Savona an exhibition of its historical archive, making it visible to public for the first time (more than 42.000 visitors).