Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia Sectional 'Erasmo' Sofa in Cognac Leather
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia, sectional Erasmo' sofa, cognac leather, Italy, 1974.
An early version 'Erasmo' sectional sofa designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia. This high quality sectional sofa contains five straight elements and an optional corner element, which makes it possible to arrange this sofa to your own wishes. The design is bulky yet simple and very comfortable. A grand and majestic appearance offering a comfortable seat to the whole family. The softness of the sofa is emphasized by the excessive upholstering of the cognac leather. Sink into this piece whilst making a design statement.
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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