Tobia Scarpa 'Bastiano' Two-Seat Sofa with Cognac Leather
Tobia Scarpa for Knoll, 'Bastiano' settee, leather and walnut, Italy, design 1960, manufactured between 1969-1970s.
Beautiful Bastiano sofa made with a walnut frame and dark cognac leather cushions. Tobia Scarpa designed the Bastiano series for the experimental design laboratory of Gavina in 1960. About the result Gavina said it "exploited Le Corbusier's idea of free cushions in order to make a modern sofa" this time in wood. The sofa is very comfortable as it has thick cushions that fall into the frame. The frame therefore functions as a basket that holds the thick, comfortable cushions together.
The leather of the cushions is patinated, some colorfading is visible. The frame shows signs of age and use and we recommend to refinish the surface. This can be done by the experienced craftsmen in our in-house atelier.
Tobia Scarpa studied on the Venice Institute of Architecture. Scarpa first worked for the Italian glass manufacturer Venini. From 1960 on he opened his own design studio, together with his wife Afra Scarpa. 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.
Lutz, Brain. Knoll. A modernist universe. New York: Rizolli, 2010. p.177.