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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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.

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Creator: Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, 'Artona' lounge chairs, walnut, fabric, Italy, 1975 Cubic ‘Artona’ lounge chairs by Italian designer couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa. These chairs sho...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

An Early Afra and Tobia Scarpa "Ciprea" chair, Cassina, Italy, 1967
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An early example of a "Ciprea" chair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1967 This example features its original deep cream leather upholstery and being one of the first ar...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Pair of Leather Coronado Armchairs Design Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Pair of lounge and comfy leather Coronado armchairs design by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Set of Four Dining Chairs in Cognac Leather
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra and Tobia Scarpa for B&B, set of four ‘Dialogo’ dining chairs, walnut, cognac leather, Italy, 1970s. The ‘Dialogo’ dining chair was designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in the ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Scarpa Lounge Chairs Grey Bouclé, Italian Design, Mid-Century Modern, 1960's
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Antwerp, BE
Scarpa lounge chairs grey boucle´, Italian Design, Mid-Century Modern, 1960's Afra & Tobia Scarpa set of lounge chairs in grey bouclé wool. A rare find in the Italian Scarpa oeuvr...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Bouclé

High Back Armchair Coronado by Afra e Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italiy 70s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Padova, IT
70s Design Afra e Tobia Scarpa Producer B&B Italia Coronado high back armchair color dark brown Good condition: barely used with minimal signs of aging and wear Dimensions: L ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Maxalto, 'Artona' lounge chairs, walnut, fabric, Italy, 1975 Cubic but airy ‘Artona’ lounge chairs by Italian designer couple Afra & Tobia Scarpa. This chai...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric, Walnut

Set of Vintage Armchairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for B&B, 1970s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Roma, IT
Set of armchairs for B&B is an original armchairs set designed by Afra e Tobia Scarpa and realized in 1970s. This set is composed by four velvet armchairs that can be combined to ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood, Velvet

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Rovereta, SM
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Coronado Armchair by C&B Foam Leather, Italy, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
Iconic armchair designed by the Scarpa couple in the 70s with foam padding and black leather upholstery. Very good condition. Very good condition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Foam

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, Italy, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the It...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of "Soriana" Armchairs Designed by Tobia Scarpa Edited by Cassina, 1960s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Pair of "Soriana" armchairs designed by Tobia Scarpa and edited by Cassina. Structure in chromed steel and upholstered in bouclé fabric, Italy, 1960s. Afra (1937-2011) and Tobia (193...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Steel

Bastiano Armchair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Roma, IT
Bastiano Armchair is an original design furniture realized by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. A leather and wood black armchair. The designers wanted to provide seating that was sophist...
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1970s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Stunning Pair Leather Chairs, Tobia Scarpa for Knoll, Made in Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning pair of leather chairs. Tobia Scarpa for Knoll, made in Italy.....Nice original condition, amazing quality / construction, stainless steel bases, retain original Knoll label...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Mid-Century Lounge Chair 'Carlotta' by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Cassina, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century lounge chair 'Carlotta' by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Cassina - Italy 1960s Green and yellow European.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Italian Leather Armchairs "Coronado" by B&B, '3 Available'
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, B&B Italia
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Midcentury brown leather armchairs designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'model Coronado' for B&B Italia. Made of fine quality leather and a timeless design. Very comfortable armchai...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Mid Century Italian Modern Ronda 710 Armchair, 1970
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Ronda 710 model club chair designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa and produced by Casas. Very rare designer rarity on the market. Structure in steel, fiberglass and polyurethane foam,...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Steel

Armchair Model "920" by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Black Leather, 1960s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Armchair Model "920" by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Black Leather, 1960s Mid-Century Modern design.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Soriana Lounge Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, 1970
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lasne, BE
Armchair in baked and metal color black. New leather. Stamped Cassina. Wear due to time and age of the chair. Measure: Seat height 37cm.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Metal

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1969, Set of 2
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Rovereta, SM
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" lounge chairs for Cassina, black leather and metal, 1969, set of two. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Italian "Dialogo" Leather Chair by Tobia & Afra Scarpa, 24 Available
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Italian "Dialogo" leather chair by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for B&B Italia - 24 available. Price for one.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Tobia Scarpa Beige Italian Cassina Armchairs, E459
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of Italian armchairs from the 70's, model "Carlotta", by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Cassina. Solid wood structure, seat and backrest have been reupholstered in the past (bought in ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood

Customizable 'Carlotta' Easy Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
Customizable 'Carlotta' easy chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, designed 1976. A pair of 'Carlotta' easy chairs, lacquered frames fully restored and have entirely n...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric, Beech

Pair of Bastiano Chairs by Tobia Scarpa in Black Leather, Gavina, Italy, 1975
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Knoll, Gavina
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Early pair of black leather and Italian walnut lounge chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for GAVINA – Italy, 1975. These chairs are original Italian production by GAVINA. The chairs ...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Mid-Century Lounge Chair 'Carlotta' by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Cassina, 1960s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century lounge chair 'Carlotta' by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Cassina - Italy 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "917" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1963, Set of 2
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "917" lounge chairs for Cassina, Italy, 1963, black leather and wood, set of two. This armchair has a structure in solid wood with a thin rectangular section. Th...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "917" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1963, Set of 2
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "917" armchairs for Cassina, walnut and leather, 1963, set of two This armchair has a structure in solid wood with a thin rectangular section. The vertical suppo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Walnut, Leather

Pair of Armchairs, Artona Series, by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Italy, 1975. Manufactured by Maxalto. "Maxalto" signed. Wood, fabric upholstery. Please note: Prices do not include VAT. VAT may be applied depending on the ship-to location.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Black Leather Bastiano Armchair by Afra E Tobia Scarpa for Gavina 70s
By Gavina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Padova, IT
Leather Bastiano armchair designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa and produced by Gavina 1960s. Rosewood structure with leather upholstery. Afra & Tobia Scarpa designed the Bastiano series...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Two Armchairs "Bastiano" by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina, Italy, circa 1960
By Gavina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of two armchairs "Bastiano" by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina, Italy, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern "Soriana" Amrchairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern "Soriana" armchairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina - Italy 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "917" Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1963, Set of 4
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia scarpa "917" lounge chairs for Cassina, walnut and leather, Italy, 1963, set of four. This armchair has a structure in solid wood with a thin rectangular section. The v...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair of Erasmo Leather Armchairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia 70s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Padova, IT
Stunning pair of large leather armchairs Erasmo model designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa and produced by B&B Italia in 1970s, Italy. The design is bulky yet simple and very comfortab...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchair for Gavina 70's
By Gavina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in bari, IT
Only one armchair Bastiano model in leather by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina mid sixties.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Beech

1970 "Bergere" Brown Leather Armchair & Ottoman Afra Tobia Scarpa for Max Alto
By Maxalto, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brescia, IT
Rare Berger leather armchair with ottoman Artona collection for Maxalto, 1975 Walnut and leather. Leather has a beautiful patina. Measures: Armchair H 85 x W 80 x D 78 cm Otto...
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1960s Italian Bauhaus Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' Armchair, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Afra & Tobia Scarpa 'Artona' armchair, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa armchairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has Afra & Tobia Scarpa armchairs available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Afra & Tobia Scarpa armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 40 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Afra's original armchairs were created by Tobia Scarpa in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Osvaldo Borsani and B&B Italia. Prices for Afra & Tobia Scarpa armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$714 and tops out at US$25,447, while pieces like these can sell for US$5,435.

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