Italian born husband and wife duo Tobia and Afra Scarpa’s design work knew no bounds. They crafted cookware, architecture, interior design, furniture, clothing, and art glass with a keen eye for material, technology and aesthetics that sustains the test of trends and time.
The son of architect and academic Carlo Scarpa, Tobia was born in Venice, Italy in 1935. Afra Bianchin was born in Montebelluna, Italy in 1937. Both attended the University Iuav di Venezia, graduating with architectural degrees in 1957. Carlo worked as a glass designer for Murano glassworks from 1957 – 1960. Together, the Scarpas opened their own design office in Afra’s home town in 1960. By 1969, both Tobia and Afra Scarpa graduated from the Venice Institute of Architecture, with Afra Scarpa winning a Compasso d’Oro award the following year for the Soriana armchair.
They collaborated with industrial design manufacturers throughout their careers, including work with B&B Italia, San Lorenzo Silver, Knoll International, Gavina, Cassina, Meritalia, Flos, Fabbian, and Veas. Their designs are on show in the leading museums of the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and have been chosen for all major international shows.