Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto 'Artona' Bed and Night Stands in Walnut
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa, pair of 'Artona' nightstands, walnut and metal, Italy, circa 1975.
Pair of mobile cubic ‘Artona’ night stands by Italian designer couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa. A remarkable feature is that these items both consist out of two smaller cabinets assembled together by two metal hinges. Equipped with two wheels on each side, the nightstands can easily be opened, revealing four compartments that can be used to store personal belongings. These night stands show absolute stunning craftsmanship. Highlight is the woodworking. The walnut is inlaid with dark lines of wood, which create the effect of ebony. This is best exposed on the edges of the wooden panels. The dark lines are beautifully visible and strengthen the design.
Dimensions of the nightstands: H 61 x W 63.50 x D 30 in cm
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, 'Artona' bed, walnut, leather, Italy, circa 1975.
This well-designed bed convinces visually through its stabile construction accomplished by its remarkable geometrical shapes. The delicate lines on the walnut frame add a constructive yet decorative touch to the design. An admirable detail is the border of the platform executed in leather, which emphasizes its luxurious appeal.
Dimensions of the bed: H 68 x W 186.50 x D 214.50 in cm
The Artona line by the Scarpa duo was in fact the first line ever produced by Maxalto, the specialist division of B&B Italia. Maxalto was originally set up in 1975 as a high-end division of B&B Italia to focus exclusively on the production of artisanal, mostly wood furniture. The Artona was their first project and also functions as a counter-message against the common prevailing use of plastics in furniture design during the postwar period.
Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa both studied on the Venice Institute of Architecture. Tobia first worked for the Italian glass manufacturer Venini. From 1960 on the couple opened their own design office. Their work includes architecture and everyday items like furniture and clothing. Tobia & Afra designed for numerous major Italian and international companies like Flos, Gavina, B&B Italia, Cassina, Knoll International and many interior projects for numerous companies worldwide.
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