Afra & Tobia Scarpa Midcentury Brown Lacquered “121” Dining Chair for Cassina, 1967, Set of 4


This set of four 121 dining chairs was designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for Cassina in 1965. Created as a chair for use with the “778” table and the “777” small tables. It presents the typical Afra and Tobia Scarpa double trestle structure with the characteristic rounded joint. The seat and back are shaped in plywood and attached by bolts to crosspieces along the seat. The back has cut in the lower part, required due to the presence of a reinforcement that reacts to torsion stress, which is strongest at this point. The clear structure is like a cubical volume; the supports, on the other hand, are slender anatomically shaped surfaces. They are original pieces with black lacquered plywood seating  manufactured in 1967. The seating is in a very good condition. The structure is in perfect condition. The ‘Cassina’ original paper stamp is present on every single chair. All in all a very interesting and high-quality chair. Simplified and solid design by Italian award winning designers couple Afra & Tobia Scarpa.

Afra (1937-2011) & Tobia (1935-) Scarpa both studied on 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 numerous companies worldwide.

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

Excellent vintage condition.