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Soriana Chaise

c. 1969/2021

by Tobia + Afra Scarpa
for Cassina

Soriana Chaise

by Tobia + Afra Scarpa
for  Cassina

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In 1969, Afra and Tobia Scarpa designed the Soriana chaise, a bold yet comfort­able state­ment with abun­dant curves and relaxed creases. In 2021, Cassina has now rein­tro­duced this modern classic with a selec­tion of chro­matic combi­na­tions that match lush fabrics and soft leathers. To meet the demands of the fans of the orig­i­nal version, it will also be avail­able with a chrome brace. 

The orig­i­nal, polyurethane struc­ture of this version has been completely substi­tuted with a series of bags filled with micros­pheres made from BioFoam®, the first patented foam to have an organic base made from biopoly­mers produced from natural resources. This mate­r­ial is hard­wear­ing and suit­able for long- term use while it is also biodegrad­able and can be industrially composted. 

This project is part of a larger mission to recover and safe­guard the works of Tobia Scarpa. The Soriana series consists of a sofa in two sizes, a lounge chair and a chaise lounge.

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Tobia + Afra Scarpa

As a husband and wife team, Tobia and Afra Scarpa created interiors and furniture that embrace the materials of each design; they paid particular attention to technology and aesthetics. Tobia was born in Venice, Italy in 1935, and is the son of Carlo Scarpa. Afra Bianchin was born in Montebelluna, Italy in 1937. Both attended the University luav di Venezia, graduating with architectural degrees in 1957. Carlo worked as a glass designer for Murano glassworks from 1957-1960. Together, the Scarpas opened their own design office in Afra’s hometown in 1960. They collaborated with industrial design manufacturers throughout their careers, including work with B&B Italia, San Lorenzo Silver, Knoll International, Gavina, Cassina, Meritalia, Flos, Fabbian, and Veas. Their design work encompasses architecture, interior design, furniture, clothing, and art glass.

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