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

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Trienelli sofa | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

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

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

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

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana sofa | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

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

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

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

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $500–700
result: $4,200

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, occasional tables, pair | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

occasional tables, pair
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,600

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

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Trienelli sofa, model 595
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $3,600

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

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona chairs, set of four
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $3,500

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona coffee table | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona coffee table
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, lounge chairs model 925, pair | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

lounge chairs model 925, pair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Bastiano chairs, pair | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Bastiano chairs, pair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, nesting tables, set of three | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

nesting tables, set of three
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona console | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona console
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,048

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

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana lounge chair and ottoman
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,000

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, side chairs model #121, pair | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

side chairs model #121, pair
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,920

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Artona bookcases, set of three | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Artona bookcases, set of three
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875

AFRA AND TOBIA SCARPA, Soriana sofa | Wright20.com

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Soriana sofa
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875