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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

Italian

Widely recognized as superstars of postmodern Italian design, husband-and-wife team Afra and Tobia Scarpa (1937–2011; b. 1935) collaboratively created chairs, sofas and other furniture that work equally well in both traditional and cutting-edge environments.

Ranging from architecture and interior design to furniture and clothing, the Scarpas’ practice from its beginnings in the mid-1950s to the 21st century has included a diverse scope of projects combining new technology with thoughtful function and sculptural yet simple forms.

Afra Bianchin and Tobia Scarpa met as architecture students at the Università Iuav di Venezia. In a class led by architect and furniture designer Franco Albini, they created their first collaborative piece, the Pigreco armchair, later produced with Gavina. After graduating in 1957, Tobia worked for Murano glass company Venini & Co. before the couple opened a studio in Afra’s hometown, Montebelluna, in 1960. (Tobia, the son of famed glass artist and architect Carlo Scarpa, was born in Venice.)

For Afra and Tobia, a close collaborative process was pivotal to the success of their designs. The duo was also prolific — they designed for the most influential European manufacturers, including B&B Italia, Cassina, Knoll and FLOS. With respect to the latter, Afra and Tobia were among the legendary Italian lighting maker’s earliest collaborators, and their pioneering designs for the brand included the Papillon lamp, one of the first fixtures to use halogen technology. Their most recognized designs include the Bastiano sofa (1962), the Vanessa bed (1959), the Coronado sofa (1966) and the Soriana seating collection (1970). Work on the Soriana sofa began in late 1969 for an early 1970 debut, and it feels as radical today as it did in its heyday.

Architecture was also a central part of Afra and Tobia’s practice, which spanned residential buildings and factories for Italian companies such as Benetton. Their commissions for the global fashion brand included numerous industrial projects, from textile plants to storefronts. By 1985, Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s work was celebrated in a 30-year retrospective at Center Four in Queens, New York. Looking around the 30,000-square-foot exhibition space, Afra joked to the New York Times, “Seeing all those things makes us feel very tired, and now we feel that maybe we worked too much.”

It was not too much for their legacy, as Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s work continues to inspire new generations. Scarpa designs are in collections at the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The couple was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1970 for the Soriana armchair.

Find vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa lounge chairs, dining chairs, floor lamps and other furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Afra & Tobia Scarpa
'Butterfly' Floorlamp by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Flos Italy 1985
By Flos, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Important Post Modern 'Butterfly' Floorlamp by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Flos Italy 1985 The heat-resistant synthetic fabric 'butterfly' wings can be adjusted in size and position to...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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"Butterfly" floor lamp by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Flos
By Flos, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Conversano, IT
Stunning floor lamp designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for the Italian company "Flos" in the 1980s, model Butterfly. Black enameled aluminum stem surmounted by a dimming halogen lamp; a...
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1980s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Steel

Butterfly Floor Lamp Designed by Afra e Tobia Scarpa for Flos, Italy, 1980s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Rare Modernist Floor Lamp model "Abate" by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Ibis, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Ibis
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1970s - 1980s. This beautiful floor lamp features a black varnished metal and steel frame, a shiny grey marble base and a plastic coated fabric lampshade, which have ...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Afra Papillona and Tobia shoe seedling lamp for FLOS
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Catania, IT
Flos rod lamp Papillona model, design by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, 80s, with black lacquered steel rod. The lamp is of the first model released, with switch and foot slider to adjust the light intensity and mounts its original 300w halogen lamp, but it can also mount the new low power led lamps. The lamp is working and in excellent condition, with original lacquer intact and with a clearly visible mark in the lampshade, the diffuser glasses have been replaced. From their first meeting at the IUAV in Venice until the transfer to the Venetian countryside, her place of origin, the son of Carlo Scarpa, Tobia appunto (class 1935) and Afra Bianchin (class 1937) first shared a degree - it was 1957 and the two officially became architects - then a marriage and a career that marked their lives and those of Italian drawing at the turn After the laurel wreath, after Tobia was in service for the Venini glassworks in Murano (but only for a few months), it seems that it was Franco Albini who sparked between the two. Not that Franco Albini did anything firsthand. But while he was in the chair giving his decoration course, the two young artists fell in love with those same desks in the service of design. So the Pigreco for Gavina - first project together, first chair together - came into the world just like a daughter: the result of a flame of love...
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1970s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Metal

Vintage Italian Papillona Lamp by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Flos, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Flos
Located in London, GB
A very stylish and iconic vintage Italian Papillona lamp by Tobia and Afra Scarpa for Flos. This was made in Italy and dates from around the 1970’s. This is of super quality and has...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Metal

"SATURNINA" flor lamp by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Fabbian, Italy '90
By F. Fabbian, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Sacile, PN
Afra and Tobia Scarpa "Saturnina" floor lamp. Italy 1990 This lamp comes from the House of Afra and Tobia Scarpa in Trevignano (Treviso) as you can see in the pictures.
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Metal

Italian Floor Lamp by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Benetton
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Italian floor lamp design by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for the Benetton stores in Italy. Italian architect and designers who worked together on the variety of different project .they were...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Metal

Italian Abate floor lamp by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Ibis, 1980s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Abate floor lamp by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Ibis, 1980s Very rare and important Abate floor lamp designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa. The base is in semicircular gray marble and...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Marble, Steel

Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Fantasma, Floor Lamp, Flos, 1960s
By Flos, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Paris, FR
Afra & Tobia Scarpa Fantasma A floor lamp, the internal metal frame covered with a sprayed resin coated shade. Produced by Flos. Circa 1964. Italy. Note One lamp in the collection...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Resin

Lampada da terra Modello Papillona Designer Afra e Tobia Scarpa Prodotta da Flos
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Flos
Located in Torino, Piemonte
Lampada da terra modello Papillona disegnata da Afra & Tobia Scarpa e prodotta da Flos Italia. Lampada disegnata negli anni '70. Stelo in acciaio verniciato nero e diffusori in vetro.
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1970s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps

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Tall Octopus Lamp by Tobia and Afra Scarpa
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa floor lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Afra & Tobia Scarpa floor lamps are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Afra & Tobia Scarpa floor lamps, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original floor lamps by Afra & Tobia Scarpa were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider floor lamps by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Luigi Massoni, and Mario Bellini. Prices for Afra & Tobia Scarpa floor lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $611 and can go as high as $6,448, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,126.
Questions About Afra & Tobia Scarpa Floor Lamps
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 6, 2024
    Yes, Tobia Scarpa is related to Carlo Scarpa. A well-known architect and designer in his own right, Tobia is the son of the legendary architect Carlo Scarpa. Tobia studied architecture at the Università Iuav di Venezia in Venice, where he met designer Afra Bianchin, who would become his wife and long-time collaborator. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Tobia Scarpa furniture.

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