Tobia Scarpa

He was born in Venice in 1935, where he graduated in Architecture. With his wife Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) he started one of the most successful and well-known professional studios; together they signed many innovative projects on the industrial design scene.
In 1958 he experimented in the field of glass with Venini in Murano. In 1960 he began collaborating with Gavina: the “Bastiano” sofa and the metal “Vanessa” bed were his most successful pieces. At Cassina he designed furniture exclusively for the home, such as the "925" armchair, which became part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 1970 he received the Compasso d'Oro award for the "Soriana" armchair, creating a greater area of interest around his work. For years he was responsible for the image of Benetton shops in Europe and the United States. In the field of architecture, he designed for Benetton the entire production-directional centre and the company's headquarters in Treviso.