Carlo Scarpa Cornaro sofa for Simon Gavina Italy 1973





The refined “Cornaro” sofa, designed by renowned architect Carlo Scarpa and manufactured by Simon Gavina in Italy in 1975, is a masterpiece of modern furniture design. This sophisticated piece embodies the elegance and precision characteristic of Scarpa’s work, showcasing a sturdy round ash structure complemented by its dark brown finish. The sofa still has its original cream velvet upholstery, which remains in excellent condition, adding a touch of luxury and comfort.


The deep-cushioned seats are meticulously held in place by leather laces, serving both a functional and decorative purpose. This design detail highlights Scarpa’s ability to blend aesthetics with practicality seamlessly. The influence of Japanese minimalism is evident in the clean lines and simplicity of the Cornaro sofa, reflecting Carlo Scarpa’s signature ultrarazionale style.


Named after a historic Venetian family, the Cornaro sofa exudes a timeless character, making it a versatile addition to any sophisticated interior. The sofa is in excellent, fully preserved condition, available for purchase individually, with a total of four pieces in stock. This rare and exquisite sofa represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of design history, perfect for collectors and connoisseurs of fine furniture.


Literature; Repertorio Del Design Italiano 195o~2000 Volume 1 Giuliana Gramigna, page 211


Carlo Scarpa, born on June 2, 1906, in Venice, Italy, was a renowned Italian architect and designer. His groundbreaking work seamlessly fused traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics. Scarpa initially gained recognition for his innovative glass designs with Venini & C. in the 1930s. In the post-war era, he expanded into architecture, creating iconic structures like the Olivetti showroom and the Brion Cemetery. Scarpa’s legacy lies in his meticulous attention to detail and the harmonious integration of space, light, and materials. As a professor, he also influenced aspiring architects. Carlo Scarpa passed away on November 28, 1978, leaving behind a lasting impact on the world of architecture and design.


Like all our upholstered pieces these can also be newly upholstered to your admiration. Ask our experienced upholstery department for an affordable quote for the item you want customized. We only use the best quality fabrics, foam, and materials for all our items. With the reupholstery we will always keep the originality in mind so the piece doesn’t lose its value and will be ready for years of use again.

Designer: Carlo Scarpa
Type: Cornaro sofa
Manufacturer: Simon Gavina
Year: 1973
Country: Italy
Materials: Ash, velvet
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 66/43 cm
Width: 220 cm
Depth: 88 cm
Item nr: F24JUN171

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

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