Afra & Tobia Scarpa
The evergreen Coronado sofa is the quintessential symbol of relaxation. It comfort is guaranteed by a suspension system made from harmonic steel bands inserted into the structure of the back. The product’s aesthetics, conceived as a trait-d’union between period furniture and the growing desire for modernity, has decreed its success over time. Its revolutionary personality in terms of design and of materials offers a prime example of B&B Italia’s industrial culture. First launched in 1966, Coronado emerged from the idea of matching an iron frame with the revolutionary technology of cold moulded polyurethane foam, which B&B Italia had introduced to the furnishing sector. In addition to the intrinsic innovations that Coronado presented in terms of design, materials and technologies, the design also optimised production times, while also reflecting the company’s international calling. Besides the sofa, the collection also includes an armchair.
The Coronado project is one of the foundation projects from the research of Afra and Tobia Scarpa. It emerged from the proposal to match an iron frame with the revolutionary technology of cold moulded polyurethane foam, which B&B Italia introduced to the furnishing sector.
This is one of the most interesting examples of all-inclusive design. In addition to the intrinsic innovations that Coronado presented in terms of design, materials and technologies, the design also included optimising production times and the company's international calling. The project consisted of four distinct structural pieces (held together with only two screws). This made it possible to use separate processes, with the added advantage that the disassembled pieces could be easily stored and shipped all over the world.
The product design, or rather its aesthetics, actually determined its success: the proportioned sizes and anti-traditional image free from those heavy lines that were so popular at that time. Coronado was conceived as a trait-d'union between period furniture and the growing desire for modernity, and it fulfilled the expectations of the upper middle class at that time.
Coronado is still the traditional sofa with an evergreen design, the very image of relaxation. It guarantees comfort with a suspension system made from harmonic steel bands inserted into the structure of the back. In addition to the sofas and the armchair, the collection also has a high back armchair with its innovative ottoman.
tubular steel and steel profiles
Internal frame upholstery
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover
Seat and armrest cushion upholstery
shaped polyurethane of different density, polyester fibre
Back cushion upholstery
shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre cover
fabric or leather
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Tobia Scarpa was born in Venice in 1935, where he graduated in architecture. With his wife Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) he sets up one of the most successful and well-known professional studio; together they sign many innovative projects on the industrial design scene.
In 1970 he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro, creating an area of great interest around his work. Among the many furnishings that he designs for B&B Italia, one of the best known is the Coronado sofa (1966). For Maxalto he designs an entire collection of furniture with precious materials. For years he has been involved in the image of Benetton stores in Europe and the United States. In the field of architecture, he designs the entire Benetton’s production-management center and the company's headquarters in Treviso. He realizes many private residences and follows the restoration of historical-monumental assets such as the museums of Mercato Vecchio in Verona and the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. He takes care of setting up permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Among the various awards received, in 2008 he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro for lifetime achievement. Numerous are the publications dedicated to his work and a number of his projects are exhibited in major international museums.