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Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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, two Pigreco wooden chairs for Gavina, set of two (1959)
By Tobia Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
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Pigreco armchairs Tobia Scarpa for Gavina 1960's
By Tobia Scarpa, Gavina
Located in Milano, MI
Pair of armchair chairs model Pigreco designed in the 1960s by Tobia Scarpa for Gavina. Light Wood frame and light blue fabric seat. The armchairs are presented in excellent condition.
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Set of 6 Monk leather Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Set of 6 'Monk' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molten, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 6 canvas and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy It is one of the most iconic and refined models by the famous...
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7 'Monk' Chair by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Molteni, Italy 1974
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Located in Argelato, BO
Seven Canvas and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy It is one of the most iconic and refined models by the famous It...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Set of 2 Black Leather "121" Chairs by Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1967
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 2 Black Leather "121" Chairs by Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1967 The chair, which has now become an icon of Italian style, features Scarpa's typical double trestle struc...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Set of 4 'Monk' Chairs by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy 1974
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
Set of 4 leather and wood chairs model Monk, Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, Italy
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Set of 6 Black Leather "121" Chairs by Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1967
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa
Located in Argelato, BO
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Customizable Tacchini Dialogo Armchair by Tobia Scarpa
By Tacchini, Tobia Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
A rectangular frame with rounded edges, masterful joints, and strictly visible dowels and screws reinforces the typical double trestle structure by Tobia Scarpa. A chair with envelop...
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Customizable Tacchini Sempronia Chair by Tobia Scarpa
By Tacchini, Tobia Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Circular elements fit together in a double circle that evokes the signature of the great master who designed it. Twin legs, created by the intersection of two cylinders, extend up to...
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Woven Black Ash Wood Dining Chair Molteni&C by Tobia Scarpa - made in Italy
By Molteni & C, Tobia Scarpa
Located in New York, NY
Miss Chair in Black Ash Wood and Leather by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. Expert-crafted in Italy exclusively by Molteni&C. Husband and wife powerhouse designers...
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Chair in Black Ashwood and Black Leather Molteni&C by Tobia Scarpa - Miss
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Tobia Scarpa Chairs

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Chair in Wood and Leather Molteni&C by Tobia Scarpa - Made in Italy - Miss
By Tobia Scarpa, Molteni & C
Located in New York, NY
Miss Chair in Wood and Leather by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. Expert-crafted in Italy exclusively by Molteni&C. Husband and wife powerhouse designers Afra and...
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Natural Ashwood and Papercord Chair Molteni&C by Tobia Scarpa - made in Italy
By Tobia Scarpa, Molteni & C
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Tobia Scarpa chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Tobia Scarpa chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Tobia Scarpa chairs, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 6 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 6 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs by Tobia Scarpa were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by CPRN HOMOOD, Rodolfo Dordoni, and Giotto Stoppino. Prices for Tobia Scarpa chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,647 and can go as high as $18,705, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,915.

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