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

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

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