Pair of "121" Chairs in Rosewood and Leather by Tobia & Afra Scarpa

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Introduced by Cassina in 1965, the "Model 121" chair was a very advanced design in its day, and has exuded chic since it first appeared in the apartments of architects and film directors. The result of a somewhat poetic desire on Tobia Scarpa's part to reconcile the delicate elegance of a flower petal with the tectonic solidity of a cube, the "121" chair amounts to a sculptural exploration of the yin/yang idea. Though apparently thin, the leather-covered back (the "petal") and seat are perfectly contoured and flexible, which does much to contribute to the chair's great comfort. The solid rosewood frame (the "cube") is quite sturdy, and handsome from any angle. The details of the "121" chair -- such as the tongue-and-groove thing going on where the back meets the seat (see image 8), and the emphatic saddle stitching on the edges of the leather surfaces (see images 9 and 10) -- are a delight. The chairs are in gorgeous condition, and retain their early, 1960s-era Cassina labels.

Literature:

Domus 453, “Afra & Tobia Scarpa mobili 1964-66”, Editoriale Domus, Milan, August 1967.

Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980. Immagini e contributi per una storia dell'arredo Italiano, Mondadori, Milan, 1985, page 22.

Details
Creator
Cassina (Manufacturer), 
Afra & Tobia Scarpa (Designer)
Of the Period
Modern
Place of Origin
Italy
Date of Manufacture
Mid-1960s
Period
1960-1969
Materials and Techniques
Leather
Rosewood
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
32 in. H x 19 in. W x 22.5 in. D
81 cm H x 48 cm W x 57 cm D
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
Number of Items
2
Reference Number
LU80918073973
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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  • 20th Century Specialists

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