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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Set of Eight 'Monk' Dining Chairs in Leather and Ash

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$19,600per set

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Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Molteni, set of eight 'Monk' dining chairs, ash, black lacquered wood and cognac leather, Italy, 1974. Set of eight 'Monk' chairs with a striking combination of ash and black lacquered wooden frames. The wonderfully patinated cognac leather forms a uniform combination with the warm ash and black lacquered frame. Interesting is the 'flat' shape of this chair where the designer has chosen to place the legs cross-angled. This decision gives the chair the appearance of being light-weight, whilst in fact they are very well-constructed and heavy. Another interesting feature is the use of nails on the top of each leg, which are executed in a black dark color. All in all a very interesting and high-quality chair. Simplified and solid design by Italian award winning designer couple Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa are a duo of Italian architects and designers mostly known for their postmodern style. Afra Bianchin was born in 1937 in Montebelluna while Tobia Scarpa, son of the architect Carlo Scarpa, was born in 1935 in Venice. The couple met when they were both studying at the Venice Institute of Architecture and married afterwards. From 1957 until 1961, Tobia worked as a glass designer at the Murano glassworks of Venini. However, in 1960, the duo started to collaborate, and they set up one of the most successful and well-known professional studios. Together, they worked for companies such as Flos Gavina, B&B Italia, and Knoll. The couple won numerous amounts of awards like the Compasso d’Oro and the International Forum Design. Throughout their career, the duo carried out commissions for well-known companies, including Benetton. Overall, their designs are known for their modernist aesthetic, prioritizing elegance and comfort. However, at the same time, their pieces are admired for the ease with which they lean towards classical designs. Moreover, the creations show their deep understanding for materials. Today, many of their works can be found in major museums such as Museum of Mod­ern Art of New York, Musée du Lou­vre, National Museum of Design New York and many more.
  • Creator:
    Molteni (Manufacturer),Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 29.53 in (75 cm)Width: 20.36 in (51.7 cm)Depth: 18.12 in (46 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in (44 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 8
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1974
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very high-quality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location:
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 50108988 + 50109608 1stDibs: LU933130242272

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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly examines each piece to determine what, if any, work needs to be done. Whether that means new upholstery or a complete restoration, Morentz's aim is always to honor the designer’s intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. The team is up to any challenge, from restoring a single piece to its original glory to furnishing a large-scale hotel project.

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