Chairs of “Basilian I” series
Manufactured by B&B Maxalto
Bamboo and malacca structure
45 cm x 50 cm x 85 h cm
17,7 in x 19,7 in x 33,5 h in
Antonio Piva Afra e Tobia Scarpa Architetti e designers Mondadori Milano 1985 p. 146; Giuliana Gramigna Repertorio 1950-1980 Mondadori Milano 1985; p. 413; Mario Matropietro Rolando Gorla Un'industria per il design La ricerca i designers l'immagine di B&Bitalia Edizioni Lybra Immagine Milano 1986 p. 474.
Afra and Tobia Scarpa graduated at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice and formed one of the most successful and known professional associations. Their works can be found in museums across the USA and Europe such as the MoMA and the Louvre. Their designs like the Soriana sofa exhibit a decidedly modernist aesthetic, prioritizing pared-back elegance and comfort.
At the same time, the Scarpas are admired for the ease with which their designs complement both classical and cutting-edge interiors. The husband-and-wife duo’s products played an important role in the history of Italian Design and are thriving in the Mid-Century market. The Soriana sofa is a collectors’ piece and part of the history of Italian design destined to increase in value with the time. A piece of true Italian Modernism.