Afra & Tobia Scarpa '121' Dining Chairs & Spanish Dining Table in Pine
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Large dining table, solid pine, Spain, 1950s
This remarkable table holds a strong expression due to several aspects that are all typical for Spanish Midcentury design. First the use of solid pine wood holds a rural and robust aesthetic. Secondly, the design is constructed out of basic, elemental shapes such as the circle and cross. The table has an open look and is structurally supported by means of a horizontal beam. The wood structure has a beautiful grain. Very well made, great wood joints are visible.
Dimensions of the table: H 70 x W 170 x D 170 in cm
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, set of eight chairs, model 121, wood, leather, Italy, design 1965
Set of eight chairs by the Italian designer couple Tobia and Afra Scarpa. These chairs have a cubic and architectural appearance. The base consists of four straight, flat legs, which provide and open look. The cognac red seating and back are beautifully shaped and slightly curved. These chairs are very well detailed and feature various original design elements such as the gap in the lower back and the extension of the back below the seat.
Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa are a duo of Italian architects and designers mostly known for their postmodern style. Afra Bianchin was born in 1937 in Montebelluna while Tobia Scarpa, son of the architect Carlo Scarpa, was born in 1935 in Venice. The couple met when they were both studying at the Venice Institute of Architecture and married afterwards. From 1957 until 1961, Tobia worked as a glass designer at the Murano glassworks of Venini. However, in 1960, the duo started to collaborate, and they set up one of the most successful and well-known professional studios. Together, they worked for companies such as Flos Gavina, B&B Italia, and Knoll. The couple won numerous amounts of awards like the Compasso d’Oro and the International Forum Design. Throughout their career, the duo carried out commissions for well-known companies, including Benetton. Overall, their designs are known for their modernist aesthetic, prioritizing elegance and comfort. However, at the same time, their pieces are admired for the ease with which they lean towards classical designs. Moreover, the creations show their deep understanding for materials. Today, many of their works can be found in major museums such as Museum of Modern Art of New York, Musée du Louvre, National Museum of Design New York and many more.
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