Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

Afra & Tobia Scarpa “Soriana” Sofa for Cassina, 1969

$11,700

About

Afra & Tobia Scarpa “Soriana” two-seater sofa for Cassina, black leather and chromed steel, 1969. Although technically designed in the 1960s, the "Soriana" model by the Italian duo Tobia and Afra Scarpa is firmly associated with the next decade, when its popularity peaked. Soriana is low and invites you to sink into its curves. Its most notable feature, however, is the Minimalist structure in chromed steel. This external structure in steel rod keeps the cover taut using buttons at the seat, allowing it curl in the points where it folds to descend along the sides and back. The metal parts, creating a "T" shape, embrace the seat and enclose the polyurethane filter like a vice. Soriana won the Compasso d'Oro prize in 1970. Very good condition. Slight signs of use and time. Available on request: - Soriana sofa, three seater - Soriana ottoman - Soriana chaise longue Measurements: 95 x 170 x 65 H cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.6 in. (65 cm)Width: 66.93 in. (170 cm)Depth: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Seat Height: 15.36 in. (39 cm)
  • Style
    Space Age (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Refinished. Very good condition. Slight signs of use and time.
  • Seller Location
    Lonigo, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3756321379732

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $2,899 $419 Express Front Door Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 4-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Lonigo, Italy
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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.

Find vintage Afra & Tobia Scarpa furniture today on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Lonigo, Italy
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 2018
1stDibs seller since 2018
72 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 7 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Afra & Tobia Scarpa “Soriana” Sofa for Cassina, Bouclé Wool, 1969
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Afra & Tobia Scarpa “Soriana” Sofa for Cassina, Bouclé Wool, 1969 Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina Mid-Century two seater "Soriana" sofa in alpaca boucle' 1969, Italy The shiny origi...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Armchair for Cassina, 1969, Italy
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Castelli
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" armchair, manufactured by Cassina in Italy and designed in 1969. A unique design that after 50 years is hugely in-demand by interior designers and p...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Two-Seat Sofa for Cassina, 1969, Italy
By Castelli, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" two-seater sofa manufactured by Cassina in Italy and designed in 1969. A unique design that after 50 years is hugely in-demand by interior designers...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Soriana Living Room Set in Sky Blue Velvet for Cassina, 1970
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Renens, CH
Afra and Tobia Scarpa Soriana living room set in sky blue velvet for Cassina 1970. This exceptional set is composed of a large three seater sofa, a two seater sofa and a pair of l...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Materials

Chrome

Soriana Three-Seat Sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1969
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Large three-seat Soriana sofa by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina, Italy, 1969. This is the largest sofa from the ‘Soriana’ range. The sofa is reupholstered in a beautiful structured ...
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

Afra & Tobia Scarpa White Soriana Sofa for Cassina, 1970
By Cassina, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Beautiful two-seat Soriana sofa with a chromed metal structure and upholstered with ivory fabric Designed by Tobia and Afra Scarpa for Cassina, 1970. With the manufacturer's label...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Two-Seat Soriana Sofa for Cassina, 1970
By Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Cassina
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Beautiful two-seat Soriana sofa with a chromed metal structure and upholstered with dark velvet. Designed by Tobia and Afra Scarpa for Cassina, 1970. With the manufacturer's label....
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Modern Italian Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" Sofa for Cassina circa 1969
By Cassina
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid Century Modern three seat sofa Italian made Afra & Tobia Scarpa "Soriana" for Cassina circa 1969. Charcoal fabric held together by chrome plated metal clamps. Dimensions: 25.5" t...
Category

Vintage 1960s European Modern Sofas

Materials

Chrome

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery