Reggio Emilia, Italy (1911) – Sao Paulo, Brazil (1982)
One of the most celebrated designers nowadays, Scapinelli created furniture and objects of iconic design – armchairs, tables, benches, sideboards and many other pieces. His works made use of Brazilian woods such as jacaranda and caviuna.
Graduated in architecture in his native country in 1941, Scapinelli traded antique furniture and even had to hid in a furniture store during a Second War. Later, in the post-war climate he decided to move to São Paulo in 1948, where he worked for Count Mattarazzo and other traditional families as an architect and decorator.
Also, Scapinelli was a great scholar of the classics, which he recreated with futuristic and organic lines. He was the owner of Margutta store, where he set his atelier and sold furniture and interior design objects until the mid-1960’s when he left the business due to market pressures which required mass production. Architect, designer and artist, he is now a major influence for contemporary designers, having been the subject of books and exhibitions.