Set of Six 'Africa' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa with Cognac Leather
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, set of six dining chairs, cognac leather, walnut, ebony and brass, Maxalto, Italy, 1975.
This set of 'Africa' chairs explicitly sculptural grand chairs are designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa and are part of the Artona collection by Maxalto. Each chair is signed with impressed manufacturer's mark. The drawing on the back of this set is exquisite and highlights the natural form of the walnut wood in an unparalleled manner. These round black organic lines are accompanied by sophisticated brass details. The Artona line by the Scarpa duo was in fact first line every produced by Maxalto, the specialist division of B&B Italia. Maxalto was originally set up in 1975 as a high-end division of B&B Italia to focus exclusively on the production of artisanal, mostly wood furniture. The Artona was their first project and also functions as a counter-message against the common prevailing use of plastics in furniture design during the postwar period.
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, 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. 232. - Antonio Piva Afra e Tobia Scarpa: Architetti e Designers, p. 146.