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Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

Italian, b. 1935

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.

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 Scarpa 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.)

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.

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 Tobia Scarpa table lamps, sofas, dining chairs and other furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Tobia Scarpa
Tobia Scarpa, Set of four Pigreco wooden Chairs for Gavina, Italy (1959)
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Tobia Scarpa, two Pigreco wooden chairs for Gavina, set of two (1959)
By Tobia Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
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Pair of Bastiano Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina, 1960
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Located in Barcelona, ES
Pair of Bastiano armchairs designed in 1960 by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina, Italy. Mahogany wood structure and orignal removable leather cushions. Early s...
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Mid-Century, Italian Bastiano leather Armchair, by Tobia Scarpa, for Knoll 1960'
By Tobia Scarpa
Located in Brussels , BE
Bastiano chair made of leather for an elegant look, made for Knoll.
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1960s Italian Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Leather

20th Century Red "Coronado" Armchair By Tobia Scarpa For B&B Italia
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Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
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Mid Century White Wool "Soriana" Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa Edited by Cassina
By Tobia Scarpa
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 Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Knoll International Armchairs Model 'Bastiano' by Tobia Scarpa in Leather Cognac
By Tobia Scarpa, Knoll
Located in Köln, NRW
Knoll International armchairs model 'Bastiano' Tobia Scarpa leather cognac. Classic and chic tarmchairs from the Bastiano series, designed by the iconic Italian designer duo Afra & ...
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Knoll International Armchairs Model 'Bastiano' Tobia Scarpa Leather Dark Brown
By Knoll, Tobia Scarpa
Located in Köln, NRW
Knoll International armchairs model 'Bastiano' Tobia Scarpa leather dark brown A classic and chic pair of armchairs from the Bastiano series, des...
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1960s Italian Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Midcentury Modern Pair of Black Leather Soriana Lounge Chairs by Tobia Scarpa
By Tobia Scarpa
Located in Ibiza, Spain
Pair of armchairs Soriana designed by Tobia Scarpa and edited for Cassina. Structure in cromed steel and leather. Italy, 60s. Every item LA Studio offers is checked by our team of 1...
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1960s European Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Steel

1970s Pair of Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa with Rubelli Fabric by Luke Edward Hall
By Tobia Scarpa
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Italian Pair of C&B Coronado Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa, 1970s
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Mid-Century Modern Italian pair of C&B Italia "Coronado" armchairs by Tobia Scarpa with their original vintage upholstery. The armchairs are in good vintage conditions, sings and we...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Paire de Fauteuils Bastiano de Tobia Scarpa Pour Gavina, 1960
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Located in Bruxelles, BE
Paire de fauteuils Bastiano réalisé avec une structure en bois et des coussins en cuir brun cognac. Tobia Scarpa a conçu la série Bastiano pour la maison d...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Coronado Lounge Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa for C&b Italia
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Coronado lounge armchaairs chairs by Tobia Scarpa for C&B Italia ( first edition ) modello Depositato original vintage upholstery. with their Stru...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Set of Three Soriana Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa Published by Cassina
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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Steel

Italian Armchairs by Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia Model Erasmo in Brown Leather
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Armchairs

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20th Century Pair Of "Coronado" Armchairs By Tobia Scarpa For B&B Italia
By Tobia Scarpa, B&B Italia
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
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Tobia Scarpa armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Tobia Scarpa armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Tobia Scarpa armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs by 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 armchairs by Gae Aulenti, Bonacina, and Gastone Rinaldi. Prices for Tobia Scarpa armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,954 and can go as high as $21,151, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,988.

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