Afra & Tobia Scarpa
At university, the son of the famous Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, Tobia met the talented Afra Bianchin, who became his spouse and main collaborator in work. Creative success quickly came to the Scarpa duo-their armchairs and sofa Soriana with an unusual design of huge cushions and an external metal frame caused a sensation back in 1969. This set of soft furniture designed for Cassina won the designer Oscar-the Compasso Doro award as an outstanding example of Italian modernism.
Scarpas half-century tandem has been exceptionally productive. With an emphasis on new technologies and materials, the duo worked with all of Italys leading manufacturers-Flos, Cassina, B&B Italia, Knoll. Their catalog includes architectural buildings and everyday design objects including furniture, clothing, interior decor and art glass. Scarpa have won numerous architectural awards, and their work can be found in numerous museums in the United States and Europe, including the collections of MoMA New York and the Louvre Museum.