Afra Bianchin (1937) and Tobia Scarpa (1935) both graduated from the Istituto Universitario D'Architettura in Venice, forming one of the most successful and well known professional associations. In 1958 they began working in glass with Venini in Murano. In the 1960's they started working with Gavina and produced the "Bastiano" sofa and "Vanessa" metal bed, now in the Knoll International collection. They also designed furniture exclusively for Cassina. Their "Soriana" armchair won the Compasso D'Oro award in 1970 and the "925" armchair is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Their best known design is the "Coronado" sofa which they designed for B&B Italia in 1966. Highly acclaimed and accomplished, their designs are on show in prominent museums all over the world and have been chosen for all major international shows.