Tobia Scarpa

With design training in Venice and his famous architect-father, Carlo Scarpa, Tobia Scarpa's career grew steadily as a designer of lamps and glass objects. Scarpa and his wife, Afra, later designed geometric, three-dimensional collages of steel, wood and leather. Afra and Tobia Scarpa started working in the field of glass at Venini's in Murano in 1958. In 1960 they collaborated with Gavina, and the "Bastiano" divans and metal bed "Vanessa" are now the most successful pieces in the Knoll International Collection. Since 1960 Tobia Scarpa has been working with the Castiglioni architects as a designer with Flos. His latest success is the floor lamp "Papillona". They also deal with architecture on and off: the Benetton woollen good manufactory and house at Ponzano, restoration of Villa Minelli, restoration of the Fragiacomo family house in Triest, the Scarpa family house, the Lorenzin family house at Abano Terme are just some of their works. Their designs are on show in the main museums all over the world, and many have been chosen for the various international design exhibitions and the buildings published in specialist magazines in Italy and abroad.