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.

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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, Occhi vase, model 8532 | wright20.com

Tobia Scarpa

Occhi vase, model 8532

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500
AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona sofa | wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona sofa

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $7,500
AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana sofa and ottoman | wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana sofa and ottoman

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,040
AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana sofa and ottoman | wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana sofa and ottoman

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,040
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