Designer: Tobia Scarpa

Italian designer and glassmaker Tobia Scarpa's body of work is widely celebrated. His designs incorporate new technologies while elegantly maintaining form and function. Wright honors Scarpa's contributions to design handling nearly 100 lots to date.
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Design is a profession without a rule book...that which remains, and is worth talking about, is that final and concrete result: the object.

Tobia Scarpa

Interesting Facts of Note

In 1964, Afra and Tobia Scarpa began their collaboration with the Benetton clothing company which included the designs the company’s first textile factories and the offices in New York, Paris, and Freiburg, Germany.

The Papillion lamp (1973) for FLOS was one of the first lighting designs to use halogen technology.

A recent resurgence in popularity of Scarpa’s furniture design landed the Soriana sofa in the collections of Nate Berkus, Kelly Wearstler, and the Manhattan office of fashion startup Trunk Club.

Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Soriana sofa, 1970 Result: $5,625

Auction Results Tobia Scarpa

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona chairs, set of ten | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona chairs, set of ten
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $47,500

TOBIA SCARPA, Monumental Battuto vase | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Monumental Battuto vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,250

TOBIA SCARPA, Murrine plate | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Murrine plate
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,000

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Trienelli sofa | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Trienelli sofa
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $14,400

TOBIA SCARPA, Murrine plate | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Murrine plate
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $13,750

TOBIA SCARPA, Occhi vase | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Occhi vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona armchairs, set of six | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona armchairs, set of six
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,625

TOBIA SCARPA, Canoa dish, model 516.10 | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Canoa dish, model 516.10
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $10,200

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, dining chairs model 121, set of ten | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

dining chairs model 121, set of ten
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,375

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Trienelli sofa, model 595 | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Trienelli sofa, model 595
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $9,000

TOBIA SCARPA, Battuto bowl | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Battuto bowl
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $8,500

TOBIA SCARPA, Canoa vessel, model 516 | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Canoa vessel, model 516
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500

TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana lounge chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Soriana lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250

TOBIA SCARPA, floor lamp | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

floor lamp
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana sofa | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana sofa
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625

TOBIA SCARPA, Occhi vase | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Occhi vase
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,313

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana lounge chairs, pair and ottoman | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana lounge chairs, pair and ottoman
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,312

TOBIA SCARPA, Occhi lamp | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Occhi lamp
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,100

TOBIA SCARPA, Occhi vase | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Occhi vase
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000

TOBIA SCARPA, Battuto vase | Wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Battuto vase
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,688

Tobia Scarpa b. 1935

Tobia Scarpa has had a widely successful career with artistic outputs ranging from Murano glass and postmodern furniture to lighting and architecture. His design uses new technologies while elegantly maintaining form and function. He was born in Venice in 1935 to architect and glassmaker Carlo Scarpa whose stylistic influence would become prevalent in Tobia’s work.

While attending the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice he met wife and colleague Afra Bianchin. After graduating in 1957, Scarpa apprenticed at Venini until 1961. Afra and Tobia became an incredible force collaborating on numerous important designs throughout their careers. In 1960 the couple designed and opened their office in her hometown of Montebelluna, Italy. Their most iconic designs include the Bastiano sofa (1961) for Gavina, the Soriana armchair (1968) for Cassina, the Coronado sofa (1966) for B&B Italia among many others for clients such as FLOS and Knoll International.

Scarpa’s contributions to design are widely celebrated. He was presented with the Compasso d'Oro in 1970, the International Forum Design Hannover Award in 1992, and a second Compasso d’Oro award for his design career in 2008. His designs are held in the esteemed collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Musée du Louvre in Paris. Tobia Scarpa lives and works in Venice.

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