Afra Tobia Scarpa Bonanza sofa B&B Italia Italy 1969






Afra e Tobia Scarpa

Italy 1935 – 2011
Italy 1937 –
Architects, designers

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Rare so called ‘Bonanza’ sofa designed by Afra e Tobia Scarpa and manufactured by B&B Italia, Italy 1969. This sofa is stripped down to the bare minimum, the furniture clashes with the 70s style and deviates from bold and tropical designs, having a minimalist aesthetic with simple lines and single-color covering. Designed for C&B Italia later B&B Italia this series is part of the B&B Italia Lounge collection showing the duo’s collaboration with essential names in the design world. The Bonanza lounge series, their second project for the brand, follows the Coronado system and coincides with their well-known Soriana sofa. Using polyurethane foam technology, introduced by German professor Otto Bayer in 1937, the sofa is highly supportive, durable, and flexible. This material becomes integral to the Bonanza lounge series, ensuring elasticity in the upholstery. The wrinkling in the black leather adds an extra dimension do the design.


Dacron a quality design material wraps the furniture adding a spongy layer between the foam and fabric for increased longevity and reduced stretching. The series is a minimalist approach to interior design, eliminating superfluous elements. The structure features a leather surface with a polyurethane base, complemented by an iron profile in the leather. Cushions and backrests are assembled with simple buttons, contributing to the series’ comfortable, formal, elegant, and simple design. Every element in the Bonanza lounge series serves a purpose, challenging the decorative norms of the 70s. Afra and Tobia Scarpa aimed to create something distinct for B&B Italia, achieving this through the use of neutral colors and sophisticated materials. In fantastic original condition.


Literature; Repertorio Del Design Italiano 195o~2000 Volume 1 Giuliana Gramigna, page 155.


Afra and Tobia Scarpa are award winning postmodern Italian architects and designers. Their pieces can be found in museums across the United States and Europe, including collections in MoMa and the Louvre Museum. They have collaborated with companies such as B&B Italia, San Lorenzo Silver, Molteni, and Knoll International. They have won a number of awards such as the Compasso d’Oro in 1969 to the International Forum Design in 1992. Their design work consists of architecture and everyday household items including, furniture, clothing, interior design, art glass. They focused on the technical and aesthetic possibilities of materials in their designs. The couple was greatly influenced by Tobia’s father, Carlo Scarpa, a Venetian architect and designer. Read more…

Designer: Afra e Tobia Scarpa
Type: Bonanza sofa
Manufacturer: B&B Italia
Year: 1969
Country: Italy
Materials: Plastic, leather
Condition: Excellent
Height: 68/43 cm
Width: 170 cm
Depth: 85 cm
Item nr: PF23AU31

Holland / Belgium: € 50
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 1000 - 2000

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