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An Early Afra and Tobia Scarpa "Ciprea" chair, Cassina, Italy, 1967

$4,984.05

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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 armchairs to be made of an injected polyurethane foam structure and padding without any internal frame it earned worldwide recognition. The Ciprea chair is now held in MoMA´s permanent and Maas Powerhouse Design collections. The Ciprea chair has interesting decorative features such as external vertical tucks in the leather and buttons along with a padded and ribbed backrest and fixed seat cushion and sits on a cylindrical base with four casters. The condition for age is good. Some historic leather restoration has taken place mainly towards the base in the form of some minor repairs, leather restoration colour appears to have been applied over the main areas of leather. To the underside lengths of cord secure the seat structure to the base, one of these lengths has historically been replaced but functions perfectly well. This is a good original example but wear and signs of age commensurate with a 50+-year-old piece including general colour inconsistencies, fading and discolouring and small imperfections should be expected. Dimensions: Width: 89.91 cms / 35.4 inch Depth: 89.91 cms / 35.4 inch Height: 77.97 cms / 30.7 inch We offer fast, competitively priced global shopping - please contact us to discuss.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Width: 35.04 in. (89 cm)Depth: 35.04 in. (89 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Repaired: Leather repairs. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Condition for age is good - please see full description for greater detail.
  • Seller Location
    London Road, Baldock, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 21681stDibs: LU2364329234822

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    Ships From: Baldock, United Kingdom
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About the Designer

Afra & Tobia Scarpa

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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