Carlo Scarpa 'Argo' Travertine Table
Carlo Scarpa reeditioned by Simon, 'Argo' table, travertine, Italy, 1985.
The base of the table is formed out of a pillar that seems to be built up of several pillars in a row, clearly a reference to the architectural influence that Scarpa is inspired by. The oval tabletop stretches out in an almost unlikely long and wonderful manner. The time in which this table was designed is also worth noting, as the use of such luxurious, classic materials as solid marble and travertine was rather innovative. This new tendency anticipated on classic shapes and expensive, durable materials that would in fact proof to have a significant success in the coming years.
Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) was trained as an architect and influenced by various themes. His main focus was the material itself followed by nature, Venetian and Japanese culture. This 'Argo' table is and edited version of the earlier 'Ultrarazionale' collection with the 'Samo' by Simon. In the base of the table is the architectural influence visible that Scarpa is inspired by. The oval tabletop stretches out in an almost unlikely and wonderful manner.
Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 327; Virgilio Vercelloni, The Adventure of Design: Gavina, Milan, 1987, pp. 74-75.