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A sofa with soft, generous contours, designed to bring home casual, sophisticated comfort that opens the door to new, freer lifestyles. Soriana is a lost and found style from the early 1970s. Low-slung and cosy, its generous padding and aesthetic detailing conspires to create the kind of carefully contrived casualness once only found in Parisian apartments. 

“At the beginning, the workers did not understand that the leather covering was not supposed to be taut,” explained Tobia. “Rather it needed to appear like a soft, creased fabric curled around this soft mass and held together by a sort of giant metal spring.” 

Like many of the other styles from the 70s, it sits low to ground — a welcoming gesture that allows loved ones to come together without fuss or fanfare

About Designer
Tobia Scarpa

Architect and designer Tobia Scarpa graduated in 1969 at the University of Venice and in the same year won a “Compasso d’Oro” prize for his “Soriana” armchair designed for Cassina. He has since been awarded many other design prizes and many of his designs can also be found on show in some of the world’s key museums, including his ‘Libertà’ chair on show at the Louvre.As an architect he has worked for both public and private clients including the Benetton Group for whom he famously designed the industrial area and production plants in Castrette di Villorba (Treviso). Even today, the Benetton facilities are still held up as an example of aesthetic-functional excellence, one of the world’s most exciting pieces of industrial architecture.