Set of Four '121' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, set of four chairs model 121, maple and ash, Italy, design 1965, production later
Set of four chairs by the Italian designer couple Tobia and Afra Scarpa. These chairs have a cubic and architectural appearance. The base consists of four straight, flat legs, which provide and open look. The seating and back are beautifully shaped and slightly curved. These chairs are very well detailed and feature various original design elements such as the gap in the lower back and the extension of the back below the seat. The chairs come in various color/material schemes of which these in a mixture of two types of wood.
Afra (1937-2011) and 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.
- Gramigna, Giuliana. Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000 per L'Arredamento Domestico. Allemandi: Torino, 2003, p. 223.