Furniture / Carlo Scarpa, Sarpi

Carlo Scarpa, Sarpi
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Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978)




A rectangular table with a transparent glass top on a four legged matte steel stand united by a H-form stretcher base assembled with iron bolts. 


Circa 1974.

First edition by Simon International.



Height : 73 cm (28 in.3/4)    

Width : 210 cm (82 in.3/4)  

Depth : 110 cm (43 in.1/4)




Sandro Bagnoli - Alba Di Lieto, Carlo Scarpa : Il design per Dino Gavina, Silvana, 2014, model reproduced on the cover, article pp.80-85.


Virgilio Vercelloni, L'Aventure du Design: Gavina, Jaca Book, Milan, 1988, pp.70-73 on Ultrarazionale.


Robert McCarter, Carlo Scarpa, Phaidon, 2013


Guido Beltramini, Carlo Scarpa : Architecture and Design, Rizzoli, 2007



In 1968, the editor Dino Gavina undertook a new project called Ultrarazionale, the first of a series of statements that would change the mainstream of Italian design.

The term clearly indicates the will to overcome rationalism by rediscovering a traditional aesthetic dimension without sacrificing the industrial necessities.


It will result in a fruitful collaboration with Carlo Scarpa, the more able to carry out this project.

The Sarpi table perfectly illustrates this spirit.


"I switched sides, without denying rationalism, without tumultuous breaks. By the way, no critics have noticed it. In other words, while remembering the rules of industrialization, I revised shapes and sizes; the machine is still present, but the thickness of the materials, rather than staying at the limit, as required by rationalism, suggests an exceptional image of strength to recover the great tradition. This is what I mean by Ultrarazionale. "


Dino Gavina, in Panorama n°888, 25 avril 1983.