Tobia Scarpa's career as a designer and, more particularly, as an architect, producing brilliant and innovative solutions, is documented through a detailed analysis of his work.
Tobia Scarpa’s career as a designer and, more particularly, as an architect, producing brilliant and innovative solutions, whether for large factories or museum interiors, is documented through a detailed analysis of his work. It ranges from the everyday problems of living to the modernization of shops (for example, the successful alliance with Benetton). Firstly, Roberto Masiero looks at the actual works, starting from the time when Scarpa was a student, which was a turning-point in Italy from the point of view of design and object production, which, at that time, was beginning to interest a broader market. In 1961, the ‘Bastiano’ sofa was the first great success of the designer who paid strict attention to the interpretation of structural components: here we can already see the criteria which were to be employed in all his future designs. During his career as a designer, Scarpa collaborated with several great Italian companies: after ‘Bastiano’, which he designed for Gavina/Knoll International, he designed lamps for Flos, chairs and armchairs for Cassina e Molteni, as well as a series of office furniture. The register of Scarpa’s works includes an incredible number and variety of objects, techniques, innovations, solutions and use of materials, in every possible expression of architecture, on a small and large scale. 1140 images complete the book.