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Designed by Tobias Scarpa in 1959. Reissued in 2021.
As a student at the University of Venice in 1959, Architecture Studies focused Tobia Scarpa designed the now iconic Pigreco chair as his graduation project. By establishing a dynamic of triangular and circular shapes, Scarpa wanted to create a “sense of space” with the Pigreco chair, assembling a balance with these shapes and intersecting lines. Now, the Pigreco chair is being reissued for Tacchini, capturing the same design with new materials and finishes to fit the contemporary landscape. The wooden structure is available in Canaletto walnut and ash wood, and the flat cushion seat is upholstered in leather or textile.
The triangular shape is the center focus of the Pigreco. With a triangle at the base and as the supporting structure under the seat, this created instability in the chair’s integral structure. To solve this, Scarpa referred back to the traditional four-legged chairs, but he kept the defining shapes. He placed two legs at each corner in the front and gathered the last two legs in the back as “sister legs”, an element where both legs come together like magnets, not quite touching until the horizontal wooden joint near the end of the legs.
The semi-circles come into play for the seat and the backrest. These two elements collaborate by building a curve that is inviting and creates an embrace. The backrest, according to Scarpa, is like a “big horn” with the curving seat resting atop the multiple triangles for support. Overall, the Pigreco chair understands the conversation of innovation and simplicity, lending to a comfortable and modern piece.
Context Gallery is not only excited to share the Pigreco chair, but we are also pleased to offer the reissued Soriana Collection by Tobia and Afra Scarpa. The Soriana collection, created in the 1970s, has been reintroduced in 2021 by Cassina with new chromatic combinations of fabric and leather. Also available in our RAF Simons Kvadrat textiles.