The iconic 121 Scarpa dining chair is a straightforward dining chair with a design that can complement both classical and cutting-edge interiors.
The design is characterized by a firm and robust wooden frame that creates a striking contrast to the lightness of the seat and back. The seat and back are anatomically shaped in plywood, covered in fine European leather, and attached by bolts to crosspieces along the center for great comfort. Originally inspired by a sketch made by Tobia’s father, Venetian architect and designer, Carlo Scarpa, the 121 came to life with a distinct touch from Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1965.
The 121 Scarpa dining chair was designed alongside the classic 925 Scarpa lounge chair from 1966. The two chairs are a prime example of Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s work and share the same double trestle structure with characteristic rounded joints. Both designs are now a part of the Karakter collection.
Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) and Tobia Scarpa (1935-) first met at the IUAV, University of Venice, where they graduated as architects in 1957. This marked the beginning of a partnership, marriage, and a career with an impressive impact on Italian design in the 1970s and 1980s. The Scarpa’s influenced the golden years of design and production ‘Made in Italy’ with their modernist aesthetic and constant focus on the technical and aesthetic possibilities of materials in their designs. Their work consists of architecture, everyday household items, art glass, and exclusive home interior design pieces.