Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' Table and Set of Eight 'Monk' Dining Chairs

$24,000.00 USD per set
$24,000.00 USD

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Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, square dining table model ‘Artona’, mahogany, mahogany burl, Italy, 1975.

The table was designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa within the ‘Artona’ line for Maxalto. On a squared pedestal base rests a square tabletop. The top shows bright mahogany burl inlays with a striking play of colors. The frame surrounding the inlays as well as the base show the typical dynamic lines that characterize the pieces designed within the ‘Artona’ line. 

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 & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, dining chairs, model 'Monk', patinated walnut, black leather, Italy, 1974.

The wonderfully deep black leather forms a striking combination with the blond wood. Interesting is the 'flat' shape of this chair where the designer has chosen to place the legs cross angled. This decision gives the chair the appearance of being lightweight, whilst in fact they are very well-constructed and heavy. Another interesting feature is use of nails on the top of each leg, which are executed in a black dark color. All in all, a very interesting and high-quality chair. Simplified and solid design by Italian award-winning designers couple Afra & Tobia Scarpa.

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.

Please note that within the set of chairs, the patina might differ.

Measurements per chair: H 29.5 x W 20.5 x D 17.5 inch.

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer) Maxalto (Manufacturer) Molteni (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1974-1975
  • dimensions Height 28.35 in. Width 55.12 in. Depth 55.12 in.
  • dimensions Height 72 cm Width 140 cm Depth 140 cm
  • material Burl Leather Mahogany Walnut
  • origin Italy
  • period 1970-1979
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Barcode 50111270 + 50109840 + 50111238