Afra & Tobia Scarpa Midcentury “778” Extensible Dining Table for Cassina, 1967


The “778” model is an example of solid wood boards arranged to form a C-shaped frame. The table, with a top that opens, is supported by four trestles, two of which are a few centimeters lower than the others so that the top can rest on them when the table is closed. The “containment” is resolved on the two remaining sides by the larger trestles that completely conceal the double thickness of the top. Thanks to this structural solution, the necessary reinforcement of the foot is supplied by the L-shaped configuration of the boards. The table extension happens by raising one-half of the hinged top and sliding the lower half horizontally. This movement is made possible by two metal tracks that guide small nylon wheels attached to the top.

Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa both studied at the Venice Institute of Architecture. Tobia first worked for the Italian glass manufacturer Venini. From 1960 on, the couple opened their own design office. Their work includes architecture and everyday items like furniture and clothing. Tobia & Afra designed for numerous major Italian and international companies like Flos, Gavina, B&B Italia, Cassina, Knoll International, and many interior projects for multiple brands worldwide.

Literature: Roberto Masiero, Afra e Tobia Scarpa, tutte le opere, Mondadori Electa, 2009, p. 93.

Excellent vintage condition.