Soriana Denim Lounge Chair
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®.
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.