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Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" Dining Chairs for Molteni, 1974, Set of 6

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Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Monk" dining chairs for Molteni, black leather and dark beech, Italy, 1974, set of six. The particular feature of this model is the support structure composed of two equal trestles in solid wood attached to shaped metal tubing, creating a single element for the seat and back. The two structural parts are joined by two pairs of bolts for each trestle, with the decorative touch of large hubs in burnished steel, facilitating the connection to the solid wood. The seat surface is made with two leather parts, shaped for comfortable sitting; besides the two covering options, a solution was also offered in which the trestles were made with composite parts, alternating two external layers in wood with a dark inner part, a chromatic motif that was to be further developed in the 'Artona' series. Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) and Tobia Scarpa (1935) began their long collaboration in 1957. Starting from 1960, they collaborated with companies like Gavina, B&B Italia, and Cassina. Innovators and unconventional thinkers, they developed numerous projects discovering new ways of mixing different materials and shapes. Their pieces are exhibited in many museums worldwide, such as the MoMa in New York and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Our atelier carefully checked the chairs. All the signs and imperfections on the surface are natural leather features, enhancing the material's natural beauty.
  • Creator:
    Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer),Molteni & C (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 29.73 in (75.5 cm)Width: 20.28 in (51.5 cm)Depth: 17.72 in (45 cm)Seat Height: 16.74 in (42.5 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 6
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1970s
  • Condition:
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. We offer a high standard quality on all our pieces, with a careful restoration enhancing the classical wear. Our atelier offers specific restoration or reupholstery. Please contact Modernab Gallery for additional information.
  • Seller Location:
    Lonigo, IT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3756332535622
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