Tobia Scarpa - C&B Italia - Settee - Coronado

Tobia Scarpa - C&B Italia - Settee - Coronado
Italy - 1960-1969 - Leather

Extremely fine brown leather 3 seater sofa from "Tobia & Afra Scarpa", made by "C&B Italia", model "Coronado".
Original label always present! Circa 1970.
Italian design, very well designed and very comfortable.


Length: 217 cm
Depth: 92 cm
Height: 75 cm

Good general condition, the seats present traces of wear due to use and time, nothing serious (see photos).

To be collected from my home. I can also deliver it within a 350 km radius (at the buyer's cost).

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The designer:

"Born in Venice in 1935, Tobia Scarpa is the son of the famous architect Carlo Scarpa. With his wife Afra ( born Bianchin) in Montebelluna in 1937, he began working with Venini in Murano in the 1950s. In 1960, the couple founded their design desk in Montebelluna. Together they work for companies like Flos, Cassina, B&B Italia, and Knoll. Their work ranges from glass to furniture, lighting design, interiors and architecture. They use a wide variety of materials and emerging technologies. The aesthetics of their design is definitely modernist, and the pieces insist on elegance and comfort. At the same time, Scarpa's pieces are admired for the ease with which they complement more classic designs.

In the 1960s, the duo began their collaboration with the clothing fashion brand Benetton, which continues to this day. This collaboration gave rise to numerous projects, such as the first Benetton textile factory in Treviso (1974), as well as office interiors for companies in Paris and Freiburg (1980), and those in New York (1986).

Tobia and Afra Scarpa graduated from the Venice Institute of Architecture in 1969. The following year, they won the Compasso d'Oro for the Soriana armchair for Cassina. Other notable projects include the Bastiano collection for Gavina (1960), consisting of a sofa, armchair and tables, later reissued by Knoll; the Coronado series of armchairs (1966) for VG&VG Italia, a collection of polyurethane furniture manufactured using the innovative cold foam moulding process; and the Papilion lamp (1973) for Flos, one of the first light fixture designs to use halogen technology.

Their work has been included in several museum and gallery exhibitions, and often won awards, including the iF Design Award in 1992."

The manufacturer:

"The history of the Italian design company VG&VG Italia began in 1973, when Piero Ambrogio Busnelli bought C&B Italia, the company he co-founded with Cesare Cassina. He changes the name to VG&VG Italia in order to develop the company. Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, born in 1926 in Meda in the province of Lombardy, is a true visionary in post-war Italy. As a young designer among other avant-garde designers, they surrounded themselves with other talents such asMario Bellini and Gaetano Pesce, who later joined him with VG&VG. From the very beginning, the company has positioned itself as a modern Italian fashion brand based on industrial models, using production techniques and high-tech materials such as plastic and polyurethane foams. VG&VG quickly established itself as one of the leading companies in the market in the second half of the 20th century.

Piero Busnelli sets up the premises at Novedrate in Como, near Milan. These are designed by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, who have just completed the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The bold architecture of the building embodies Busnelli's desire to take risks.

In the mid-1970s, VG&VG Italia launched Mario Bellini's Le Bambole sofa (1972). This sofa without structure pushes the boundaries of design and puts VG&VG Italia at the front of the international design scene. He has been rewarded many times. The advertising campaign for Le Bambole sofa provokes a lot of reactions because of the provocative photographs by Oliviero Toscani, which depict the top model shirtless Donna Jordan on Mario Bellini's sofa and are exhibited at the Salon del Mobile in Milan.

Since then, VG&VG Italia has collaborated with some of the greatest international designers and architects, including studio Oi, Mario Bellini, Jeffrey Bernett, David Chipperfield, Antonio Citterio, Naoto Fukasawa, Zaha Hadid, Chris Howker, Vico Magistretti, Jean-Marie Massaud, Gaetano Pesce, Paolo Piva, Richard Sapper, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Richard Schultz, Ettore Sottsass, Studio Kairos, Patricia Urquiola, Jakob Wahner, Marcel Wanders. ..

VG&VG Italia has won four Compasso d'Oro. The first for Sisamo Wardrobe of Studio Kairo in 1974, then for Mario Bellini's Le Bambole in 1979 and Citterio's Sity Sofa in 1987. In 1989 VG&VG Italia became the first design manufacturer to be awarded a Compasso d'Oro for "its constant work of integration to combine the values of scientific and technological research with those necessary for the functionality and expressiveness of the products.

In 2011, Busnelli Giorgio and Emanuele's sons Giorgio and Emanuele will buy the company from the private financial company Opera, which obtained a majority stake in 2002. The duo has been running the company since the death of their father in 2014. In 2016, VG&VG Italia celebrates its 50th anniversary by presenting limited edition pieces at the Salone del Mobile in Milan."

Lot details
Designer/ Artist
Tobia Scarpa
Manufacturer/ Brand
C&B Italia
Model/ Name
Estimated Period
Country of Origin
Fair condition - heavily used & with possibly minor parts missing
75×92×217 cm
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