Tobia Scarpa

Born in Venice on January 1st, 1935, Tobia Scarpa followed his father's Carlo footsteps as an architect and designer, focusing on essential lines and new technologies applied to architecture and furnishings. Examples include the Coronado sofa in polyurethane (made for B&B Italia in 1966), as well as the Papillona lamp (made for Flos in 1973), one of the first halogen lamps. He signed his projects with his wife Afra Bianchin (1937-2011), with whom he graduated in 1957 from the IUAV in Venice. The couple opened their studio in Montebelluna and in 1960 made their debut with the Pigreco chair made for Gavina, followed, over the years, by projects for B&B Italia, Flos, Knoll, Cassina (the duo won the Compasso D'Oro in 1970 for the Soriana armchair made for Cassina). In 1964, Benetton established a long-lasting collaboration with the Scarpas, who curated factories and stores projects for the brand on a global scale.

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