Since the 30’s Silvio led the family company “Cavatorta” which was established in Rome in 1869 by his father Eugenio Cavatorta. The company used to produce its exclusive series furniture, dictated by a cosmopolitan interest which made their works unique, rare and aesthetical. While most designers embraced the industrial methods of production the Cavatorta company remains truthful to its own standards, rejecting large and industrial production in favor of fine material and craft.
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Osvaldo Borsani (born 1911, Varedo, Italy–died 1985, Milano, Italy) was an Italian designer and architect. Osvaldo Borsani was born into a family of furniture makers with along and well established artisanal tradition. His father, Gaetano Borsani, owned his own shop, the Atelier di Varedo, where the 16-year-old Osvaldo received his first training. Osvaldo Borsani studied fine arts at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, graduating in 1931, and architecture at Politecnico di Milano, where he graduated in 1936.
Afra Bianchin was born in Montebelluna, Italy in 1937. He earned a degree in architecture from the Università Iuav di Venezia in 1957. In 1960, along with Tobia Scarpa, she opened her own design office in Montebelluna. Together, they designed for several companies such as Gavina, B&B Italia, Cassina and Meritalia while collaborating with Benetton clothing company to design the firm’s first textile factory. Among their notable works we can highlight the sofa “Bastiano” (1961), the sofa “Coronado” (1966), the armchair “Soriana” (1968) and the chair “Libert” (1989). They also designed the “Papillion” lamp for Flos, one of the first lighting designs to use halogen technology. From their first collaborations as husband and wife in the mid-1950s until the present day, their pieces have incorporated new technologies, while still maintaining history, form, and function.