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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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 "925" Easy Chairs for Cassina, 1966, Set of 2
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "925" easy chairs for Cassina, plywood and black leather, 1966, set of two. In 1966 Afra & Tobia Scarpa designed the "925" chair, realized in walnut and leather....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Plywood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Plywood Dining Chairs, Italian Pine, 1970's
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Antwerp, BE
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, plywood dining chairs, Italy, the 1970s, Pine, Armchairs, 1970's; These Mid-century dining chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa have very sought after. They are mad...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Pine, Plywood

Pair of Afra & Tobia Scarpa ‘Benetton’ Chairs in Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Benetton Office, chairs, brass, leather, steel, Italy, 1985 This pair of chairs are designed for the office of the clothing brand Benetton by Afra & Tobia...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Four Monk Chairs in Black Canvas
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of four 'Monk' chairs, walnut and black canvas, Italy, 1974. The black canvas forms a striking combination with the warm walnut wood. Interest...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Canvas, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni in Cognac Leather, 1974, Set of 12
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in cognac leather, Italy, 1974, set of twelve. Set of twelve “Monk” dining chairs in cognac leather, designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Beech, Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Eight 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Black and Brown Leather
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, dining chairs, model 'Monk', patinated walnut, black and brown leather, Italy, 1974 The wonderfully deep black and brown leather forms a striking...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni Pair of 'Monk' Lounge Chairs
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, pair of 'monk' lounge chairs, beech and cognac leather, Italy, 1970s This version of the 'Monk' chair by Afra & Tobia Scarpa is a lower model with...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Set of Ten Dining Chairs in Black Lacquered Wood
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra and Tobia Scarpa for B&B, set of ten ‘Dialogo’ dining chairs, black lacquered elm, Italy, 1970s   The ‘Dialogo’ dining chair was designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in the 1970s...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Wood

Four "Dialogo" Brown Leather Chairs by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, Italy, 70s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Sacile, PN
Four "Dialogo" brown leather and walnut dining chairs by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, Italy 70s The ‘Dialogo’ dining chair was designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in the 1970s and convinces ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Six Dialogo Chairs in Oak and Fiberglass for B&B 70s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of six Dialogo chairs with structure in oak wood; seat and back in black fiberglass. Designed by Tobia and Afra Scarpa, produced by B&B Italia, 1970s. Tobia Scarpa and his wife...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Fiberglass, Oak

Eight "Dialogo" Brown Chairs by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, Italy, 70s
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Sacile, PN
Eight "Dialogo" brown fiberglass and pale wood dining chairs by Tobia Scarpa for B&B, Italy 70s The ‘Dialogo’ dining chair was designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in the 1970s and con...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Fiberglass, Wood

Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Molteni 'Monk' Dining Chairs Model in Black Leather
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, dining chairs model 'Monk', beech, black leather, Italy, designed in 1974 'Monk' dining chairs by Italian designers Afra & Tobia Scarpa. The black ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Six Dining Chairs in Red Patinated Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, set of six dining chairs, walnut, red leather, Italy, 1970s With their rectangular frames and the angular backrest this set of dining chairs by Afra & Tobia Scr...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni in Cognac Leather, 1974, Set of 10
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in cognac leather, Italy, 1974, set of ten. A large group of ten "Monk" dining chairs by Scarpa, all coming from the same original set. ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Four 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Red Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa, set of four 'Monk' dining chairs, patinated teak and red leather, Italy, 1974. The wonderfully red leather forms a striking combination with the blond wood. I...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Ash, Leather

Set of 4 "Monk" Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa in Cognac Leather, 1970s, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 4 "Monk" chairs by Afra & Tobia scarpa in cognac leather, 1970s, Italy.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 8
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni in Cognac leather, 1973, set of eight. Set of eight “Monk” dining chairs in cognac leather, designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Beech, Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 6
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs for Molteni in Cognac leather, 1974, set of six. Set of six “Monk” dining chairs in cognac leather, designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, 19...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 6
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and beech wood, Italy, 1973, set of six. Set of six “Monk” dining chairs in black leather, designed by Afra & Tob...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Beech

Afra and Tobia Scarpa Set of Four Dining Chairs for Cassina, Italy 1965
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Afra and Tobia Scarpa set of four Model 121 dining chairs for Cassina, Italy 1965.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Wood

Set of 4 Walnut and Leather Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Italy, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 4 walnut and leather chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 8
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in black leather, 1974, set of eight. The particular feature of this model is the support structure composed of two equal trestles in so...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

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 Chairs

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Steel

Set of 6 Black Leather Chairs Model "Monk" by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 6 black leather chairs model "Monk" by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni - Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 12
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in black leather, 1974, set of twelve. A large group of twelve "Monk" dining chairs by Scarpa, all coming from the same original set. Th...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 10
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in black leather, 1974, set of ten. A large group of ten "Monk" dining chairs by Scarpa, all coming from the same original set. The part...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Soriana Series by Afra & Tobia Scarpa Cassina Italy Chair
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage Italian lounge chair in the style of Soriana series by Afra & Scarpa for Cassina Italy. Dark red original fabric with very minimal wear.
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1960s Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Wool

1970 "Dessau" Afra Tobia Scarpa B&B Italian Design Black Chrome Tubolar Chair
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, B&B Italia
Located in Brescia, IT
"Dessau" black chair Afra Tobia Scarpa 1974, B&B Italia Black plastic seat and chrome metal tubolar frame Excellent condiction.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Metal

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 Chairs

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Metal

Dinning Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, 1970s
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 4 chairs in wood and leather in brown color. Wear on the leather and restoration (see photo. Seat height: 45cm.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 14
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lonigo, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" chairs by Molteni in black leather, 1974, set of fourteen. A large group of fourteen "Monk" dining chairs by Scarpa, all coming from the same original se...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" Chair
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Afra & Tobia Scarpa "121" chair. Cassina, 1965. Beautiful caramel leather seat and back with walnut wood. Only 1 chair available Measures: 31.5 in. high, 18.5 in. wide, 18.9 in...
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1960s Italian Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

8 Chairs and Dining Table by Afra and Tobia Scarpa Model 121 for Cassina
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Brussels, BE
Very rare and nice set of 8 chairs ans dining table model 121 designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa and manufactured by Cassina, Italy 1965. These chairs have walnut wooden frames and pl...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Walnut

Set of 6 Black Leather Chairs Model "Monk" by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 6 black leather chairs model "Monk" by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Molteni - Italy 1970s ( Set of 12 available).
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Wood

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Camel Leather "Monk" Chairs For Molteni, Set of 5, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni
Located in Le Grand-Saconnex, CH
Set of five "Monk" chairs, designed in 1970 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Beautiful Molteni edition, in camel leather and walnut. Timeless design, achieved by the use of only the best ma...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather

Monk Dinning Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, 1970s
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 4 chairs in fabric and wood. Hessian fabric. Seat height: 44cm Wear due to time and age of the chairs.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Rosewood and Leather Chair by Tobia Scarpa
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic Bastiano chair win straight grain rosewood veneer, brass hardware and original slate grey leather cushions. For the Italian firm Gavina.
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Pair of Afra & Tobia Scarpa Monk Black Chairs, Molteni, Italy, 1974
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in London, GB
Formidable husband and wife team Tobia and Afra Bianchin Scarpa created inte­ri­ors and furni­ture that embraced the mate­ri­als of each design and the interplay of tech­nol­ogy and ...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Walnut, Leather

Vintage Italian Soriana Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chair & Ottoman
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Toledo, OH
Italian Soriana Afra & Tobia Scarpa chair and ottoman for Cassina circa 1969. Large chair in original condition with very minimal wear. Another single chair is available as shown in ...
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1960s European Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

Materials

Wool

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Monk Black Chair for Molteni, Italy, 1974
By Molteni, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in London, GB
Formidable husband and wife team Tobia and Afra Bianchin Scarpa created inte­ri­ors and furni­ture that embraced the mate­ri­als of each design and the interplay of tech­nol­ogy and ...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Afra & Tobia Scarpa chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Chairs by Afra and Tobia Scarpa are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Afra & Tobia Scarpa chairs to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 50 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Gio Ponti and Mario Bellini. Prices for Afra & Tobia Scarpa chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $700 and tops out at $85,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,845.

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