Luxury Design, Past & Present
Stunning dining table designed by Tobia Scarpa, manufactured by Gavina in Italy, circa 1960.
This eye-catching piece has a high quality chrome metal base and a beautiful smoked glass top in excellent condition. The well-designed structure of the base is visible through the top, giving the table it's recognizable, luxurious appearance.
In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
Tobia Scarpa is an award winning postmodern Italian architect and designer. His pieces can be found in museums across the United States and Europe, including collections in MoMA and the Louvre Museum. He has collaborated with companies such as B&B Italia, San Lorenzo Silver, and Knoll International and won a number of awards such as the Compasso d'Oro in 1969 to the International Forum Design in 1992. His design work consists of architecture and everyday household items including furniture, clothing, interior design, art glass. Together with Afra Scarpa focused on the technical and aesthetic possibilities of materials in their designs. The couple was greatly influenced by Tobia’s father, Carlo Scarpa, a Venetian architect and designer.
Both Afra and Tobia Scarpa earned degrees in architecture from the Università Iuav di Venezia in 1957. From 1957 to 1961 Tobia worked as a glass designer at the Murano glassworks of Venini, and then in 1960 the two artists opened their own design office in Montebelluna. They designed for Gavina and then followed with a series of projects with several other companies.
Afra and Tobia Scarpa have received the Compasso d'Oro in 1969 to the International Forum Design in 1992. Their furniture has been published in magazine articles like L'ŒIL. From 2004 to 2007, the couple collaborated on many restoration projects for historical buildings such as the Palazzo della Ragione in Verona, Italy. Since 2002, Tobia has taught in the Design Department of the Università Iuav di Venezia in Venice, Italy.