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Doge Table

c. 1968/2013

by Carlo Scarpa
for Cassina

Doge Table

by Carlo Scarpa
for Cassina

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The Doge table orig­i­nally designed in 1968 by Carlo Scarpa for Simon/​Gavina was awarded Compasso d’Oro 1979. The table became part of the Cassina Simon­Collezione follow­ing the acqui­si­tion of the histor­i­cal Simon company in 2013. The Doge table has drawn metal frame held together with visible burnished screws, deco­ra­tive brass inserts, and a float­ing glass table­top. Recently, as part of Cassina’s MutAzioni project, the table’s frame is now avail­able in a range of new finishes along­side the orig­i­nal stain­less steel version: polished aluminum, polished gunmetal, polished copper and matte red aluminum. Table­tops in white Carrara marble, as well as black Marquiña marble, have also been added along­side the exist­ing glass top. The prior recalls the first editions top with a marble insert which Scarpa made for the house of a Swiss client.

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Carlo Scarpa

Italy (1906–1978)

An architect who renovated existing buildings, Carlo Scarpa is often called one of the most underappreciated modern masters. His aesthetic was defined by an obsession with detail, numerology, and history. Scarpa is best known for his architectural works, including the elegant renovation of the Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona, but he also designed furniture, such as the award-winning Doge table for Simon/Gavina.

Born in Venice in 1906, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and went on to be the director of Venini Glassworks from 1932 to 1947. It is there that Scarpa’s distinct approach to materials and craftsmanship began to emerge. His travels to Japan and the influence of other architects he admired—he idolized Frank Lloyd Wright—began to inform his work. The strict angular composition of his structures was always complemented by a spiritual element. No project was alike, and each had a unique history and strong connection to its surroundings. In 1968, Scarpa took on his final project, a private burial in the Brion Cemetery near the Dolomite Mountains. The tomb would end up being the architect’s final resting place.

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