Afra and Tobia Scarpa
set of ten Africa chairs from the Artona seriesMaxalto
walnut, ebony, leather, brass
22 w x 18 d x 31 h in (56 x 46 x 79 cm)
The Artona series was the first line produced by Maxalto, the specialist division of B&B Italia set up in 1975 to concentrate exclusively on the production of high-end, artisanal wood furniture. The series, which included The Africa chair, was a rebellion against the prevailing use of plastics in design during the preceding period.
Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to each example.literature: Repertorio 1950-1980, Gramigna, pg. 415 Afra e Tobia Scarpa: Architetti e Designers, Piva, pg. 146 Casa Vogue, December 1975, pg. 95