Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bastiano Sofa with Coffee Table by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Knoll, 1960s, Set of 2


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This wide and grand example of the Bastiano sofa is designed by Tobia & Afra Scarpa in 1962 and produced by KnollStudio. The two-seater sofa features thick sienna brown leather. The basket frame is made from stained wood, which displays a beautiful grain, showing a variety of shades and movement in the wood. The sofa is very comfortable as it has thick cushions that fall into the frame. The frame therefore functions as a basket that holds the thick, comfortable cushions together. The back of this piece is linear, making this sofa ideal for placing centrally in a space to be best appreciated. The rare matching coffee table is also made of stained wood in the same shade. The model of this table is very hard to find. It was designed by Tobia & Afra Scarpa for Knoll also. With the 1968 acquisition of Gavina, the Bastiano Lounge collection was introduced to the Knoll catalog. The simple, comfortable design worked well with modern and traditional interiors alike and was one the most successful products of that time period. Although the Bastiano Lounge is no longer in production, several designers cite it as a major influence, most often complementing the successful harmony of soft cushions and a hard exoskeleton. Knoll Studio was founded in 1946 by Hans Knoll, the son of a German furniture maker, and his wife Florence Knoll. It was Florence who was responsible for the companies transition from a Scandinavian to the International Style we see today, e.g. in designs by Tobia & Afra Scarpa. The son of the famous Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, Tobia trained in Venice before launching his career as a as a designer of lamps, furniture, and glass objects. In the early 1960s, he began to design modern furniture based on the principles of Le Corbusier. He and his wife Afra, designed for several of the biggest names in Italian design including Cassina and Gavina.

The set is in excellent original condition with hardly any wear from age and usage. Minimal signs of wear and patina, a few scratches. Dimensions of sofa: Height: 70 cm. Width: 151 cm. Depth: 82 cm. Seat height: 38 cm. Coffee table measurements: Height: 38 cm. Width: 75 cm. Depth: 75 cm.

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