Carlo Scarpa - Where Architecture, Design, and Art Intersect
Discover more about one of our design heroes and how his work inspired the new collection, LINEA.
Perhaps no other mid-century architect toed the line between functional structure and modernist masterpiece with more precision than Carlo Scarpa. Born in 1906, Scarpa would become a key force behind Italy’s unique brand of modernist contributions -- and, eventually, one of the key inspirations behind the White/Space LINEA collection.
One of Scarpa’s most celebrated works, the Tomba Brion (in the image above) in Northeastern Italy, is perhaps the greatest example of his influential eye for detail, and its visual language was a jumping off point for the genesis of our latest collection. Tall cypress trees are interspersed among concrete geometric patterns -- a signature Scarpa juxtaposition between natural and industrial elements. A network of pathways connects reflective pools and canals of flowing water, offering an unexpected sense of serenity in a typically somber setting. A major focal point features two overlapping circles meant to honor the Taoist symbol for the lifelong union between two married people. Appropriately, this frames the Brion couple’s side-by-side tombs.
Scarpa had a knack for striking a balance between design and craftsmanship; rigid and fluid; symmetric and asymmetric; classic and cutting-edge; organic and polished. He manipulated color, texture, and light to portray movement. He paired timber with steel, brass with marble, and glass with iron to create works that were minimalistic at first glance, but complex and deliberate upon closer inspection.
While designing this latest collection, I set out to honor the beauty that results from these intersections. The collection features wearable curves, swoops, and sharp contrasting lines; Fluidity comes into play with luminescent pearls, and sparkling diamonds set atop smooth textures. Available finishes include hand-polished and matte brushed metalwork -- all carefully handcrafted to become a special piece in your life.