Soriana is a lost and found style from the early 1970s. All soft curves and loose upholstery, it’s cushions are held together by a giant metal clamp — a particularly original detail that creates a sense of barely contained softness. For all it’s casual overtures, it remains a statement piece — an icon of contemporary design, sensitively reissued with new environmentally friendly materials.
Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Tobia Scarpa was born in Venice in 1935, where he graduated in architecture. With his wife Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) he sets up one of the most successful and well-known professional studio; together they sign many innovative projects on the industrial design scene. In 1970 he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro, creating an area of great interest around his work. Among the many furnishings that he designs for B&B Italia, one of the best known is the Coronado sofa (1966). For Maxalto he designs an entire collection of furniture with precious materials. For years he has been involved in the image of Benetton stores in Europe and the United States. In the field of architecture, he designs the entire Benetton’s production-management center and the company's headquarters in Treviso. He realizes many private residences and follows the restoration of historical-monumental assets such as the museums of Mercato Vecchio in Verona and the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. He takes care of setting up permanent and temporary exhibitions. Among the various awards received, in 2008 he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro for lifetime achievement. Numerous are the publications dedicated to his work and a number of his projects are exhibited in major international museums.