Carlo Scarpa for Simon 'Samo' Table in Granite
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Carlo Scarpa for Simon, granite, Italy, 1970s.
This 'Samo' table is part of the 'Ultrarazionale' collection by Simon. The base of the table is formed out of two layered pillars that seem to exist 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. Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) is known as a virtuoso of light, a master of detail, and a connoisseur of materials. He is most well-known for his architectural projects, counting 58 in all. Most famous are the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona, the Olivetti showroom in Venice and the Brion Tomb in San Vito d’Altivole. His lush use of decorative aspects and crafted details are still unrivalled. His designs, including this Samo table shows very clear traits of Scarpa’s aesthetic language that holds the middle between Japanese minimalism and organic forms of nature. The table, being designed in 1970, shows strong architectural features in the pillared base. The solid oval marble top is an exquisite example of the use of gravity based techniques as the weight of the oval marble balances perfectly on the pedestal base.