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Soriana Denim Lounge Chair

c. 1960/2022

by Tobia + Afra Scarpa
for Cassina

Soriana Denim Lounge Chair

by Tobia + Afra Scarpa
for  Cassina

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More than 50 years have passed since Sori­ana’s initial design by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and the lounge chair contin­ues to amaze with a new limited-edition denim series for Cassina. Through the use of denim, the quin­tes­sen­tial casual fabric, the series elevates the uncon­ven­tional spirit of the design, which sought to bring casual comfort home in the 1960s. Premium Japan­ese denim is chosen to clad the distinc­tive Soriana curves, as it is a cultur­ally prized mate­r­ial well-known and sought-after for its supe­rior quality. The denim is woven on antique looms to produce a self-edge” or exposed, narrow natural border, which runs along the outer seam and lateral profiles. After complet­ing the uphol­stery, it moves to a special­ized laun­der­ing facil­ity, where it under­goes a process of scratch­ing and sanding to produce the distinc­tive look of worn, faded jeans. Then to soften the denim, it under­goes several washes with pumice stones.

The limited-edition Soriana series comes in indigo, ecru, and black colors. The powder-coated steel clamp holding the uphol­stery in place is avail­able in blue, white, or black to match the shades of denim. A total of 100 limited editions in each mono­chro­matic version are released. In addi­tion, the three shades of denim are paired with a red struc­ture in a 50-piece limited edition for each color.

A silk label on the back of the lounge chair bears the Cassina logo, the wording ci-mò-sa,” and the year produced. Specifics about the limited edition are also indi­cated on an attached tag, appear­ing like a label on a genuine pair of jeans. A cover is included sport­ing the same label. 

Thanks to work at Cassina LAB, the denim version of Soriana main­tains the same eco-conscious approach and comes with circu­lar mate­ri­als. The armchair’s struc­ture comprises a series of bags filled with BioFoam® micros­pheres, while the padding is made from 100% recy­cled blown PET fiber from Plastic Bank®.

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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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