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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Sectional Sofas

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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 for B&B Italia Sectional 'Erasmo' Sofa
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia, sectional 'Erasmo' sofa, fabric, Italy, design 1973 This appealing 'Erasmo' sectional sofa is designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia in 1...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa Sectional Sofas

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Afra and Tobia Scarpa Leather Coronado Living Room Set for C&B Italia, 1969
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Located in Vicenza, IT
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1968 Ciprea Armchairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina (1968), Italy, Set of 4
By Mario Bellini, Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina, Tito Agnoli
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Beautiful and chic set of 4 Ciprea armchairs by the legendary Afra and Tobia Scarpa for Cassina. Made in Italy in 1968, covered with original burnt orange velvet. A predecessor to th...
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Cassina 'Soriana' Sofa by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in Original Leather
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Houston, TX
Afra and Tobia Scarpa Soriana leather sofa. Cassina. Italy, 1969. leather, chrome-plated steel. Soriana three or four seat sofa in original condition. Original leather.
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Rare Afra & Tobia Scarpa ELOGIO sofa for B&B Italia
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, B&B Italia
Located in Houston, TX
Afra & Tobia Scarpa Elogia modular sofa B & B Italia Italy, 1985 leather, wood, glides This model was in production for a short time and has not been made in over 30 years...
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa sectional sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Afra & Tobia Scarpa sectional sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of velvet and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Afra & Tobia Scarpa sectional sofas, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sectional sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sectional sofas by Vico Magistretti, B&B Italia, and Giancarlo Piretti. Prices for Afra & Tobia Scarpa sectional sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $8,453 and can go as high as $30,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,775.
Questions About Afra & Tobia Scarpa Sectional Sofas
  • 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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