Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto 'New Harmony' Set of Six Dining Chairs
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, 'New Harmony' set of six dining chairs, walnut, fabric, leather, Italy, circa 1983
The 'New Harmony' collection designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa is distinguished by its sleek proportions and postmodern aesthetic. The circular design of the seat and backrest contrasts with the clean and linear lines of the frame. The use of natural-toned materials creates a harmonious and cohesive appearance. The backrest is executed in brown leather, the seat in off-white fabric, and walnut has been used for the frame. The set holds the quintessential essence of Italian design with its understated and distinctive appearance.
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.
Please note that these chairs are in good, used condition.
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