Carlo Scarpa

A multifaceted figure of made in Italy design, venetian designer Carlo Scarpa (Venice, 1906 - Sendai, Japan, 1978) made small and large-scale projects, ranging from furnishing objects to architectural works — among the most significant is the restoration of the Castelvecchio Museum, Verona, in 1957 — that share simple and elegant forms evoking Scarpa’s interest in the Japanese culture. For Scarpa, drawing was the most important step of any of his creations: for this reason he made numerous sketches that he constantly re-elaborated, insisting on details by treating them as an indispensable element for the final result. Among his most important collaborations is the one with Venini, where he became artistic director from 1934 to 1947, and for which he designed a large production of objects that stand out for their clean lines and quality of craftsmanship, such as the "Poliedri" chandeliers or the sophisticated wrought glass frames. The Olivetti Prize, which he won in 1956, celebrated his exhibition projects, which began in 1948 with the staging of the Paul Klee exhibition at the Venice Biennale, marking the start of a thriving collaboration between Scarpa and the art event. 

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