Iconic set of 6 "Africa" chairs from the Artona Series
Walnut, ebony, brass and leather seat
Each chair carved with manufacturer initial
DESIGNER Afra & Tobia Scarpa (1937)&(1935)
MANUFACTURER Maxalto (B&B Specialty Division)
DIMENSIONS W. 56 x D. 44 x H. 79 /cm
Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000, Giuliana Gramigna, vol.1 pg.232 (illustration)
The Artona series was the first line produced by Maxalto, the specialist division of B&B Italia set up in 1975 to concentrate exclusively on the production of high end, artisanal wood furniture. The series, which included the Africa chair was a rebellion against the prevail in use of plastic in design during the preceding period. Its precious shades are underscored by the fine black thread. Its back presents a decoration produced with the gentle manual processing methods of trimming and smoothing, resulting from the typical crafting procedure adopted for gun grips. The layers of various wood types appear on the surface, producing the perfect correspondence between the ornamental configuration and the necessary anatomical concaveness.