Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto 'Artona' Sideboard in Mahogany Burl
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, sideboard, mahogany, mahogany burl, Italy, circa 1975.
This sideboard with strong geometrical lines is designed as part of the ‘Artona’ line by Afra & Tobia Scarpa. The six front panels as well as the top are furnished with vivid mahogany burl. A striking play of colors is visible in the dynamic grain pattern of the burl wood. The frame surrounding the inlays as well as the door panels show the typical dynamic lines that characterize the pieces designed within the ‘Artona’ line. The wood features dark lines that add a certain elegance to the design and testify great craftsmanship.
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’ line was their first project and also functioned 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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