Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni Pair of 'Monk' Lounge Chairs
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, pair of 'monk' lounge chairs, beech and cognac leather, Italy, 1970s This version of the 'Monk' chair by Afra & Tobia Scarpa is a lower model with a wider seat. The wonderfully cognac leather forms a striking combination with the 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 light-weight, 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. 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 and Knoll International.