Tobia Scarpa is an italian Designer. He collaborated with his wife, Afra, on designs for nearly every major international company, including Flos, Cassina, Knoll and B&B Italia. Together, they developed a vocabulary for accessible luxury design based on expandingtechnology and a wide variety of materials. Tobia and Afra both went to school at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice. In the late 1950s they began their joint career, working with the Venini glassworks. In 1960 they went on to open their own design office in Montebelluna. The furniture that they began designing, like Chair Model 917, manufactured by Cassina in the early 1960s was built on an appreciation for sumptuous materials and understanding of the need for the comfortable yet elegant designs that were becoming popular during that period in Italy. These designs, simpler and perhaps classical than some of their contemporary counterparts although they utilized entirely modern materials and methods of construction. They attracted people who needed modern furniture that could coexist with the antiques that still decorated their homes. Tobia and Afra Scarpa also worked in commercial architecture and interior design, especially later in their career. Some of their best-known work was for the Benetton clothing company. Tobia has also been a lecturer at the School of Industrial Design in Venice. Throughout his career he worked with the motto that design "is a profession without a rule book...that which remains (and is worth talking about) is that final and concrete result: the object”.
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