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Gabriella Crespi

Italian

Bronze discs that open up like clamshells for storage and fold back in to become side tables. Sleek cubes barely suspended off the ground that transform into full-size dining tables. Clean-lined boxes that contain multilevel shelving. Looking at the work of Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, born in 1922 and who still produced furniture in her Milan studio until her death in 2017, it’s hard to believe that many of these highly functional pieces — modernist Rubik’s Cubes of materials, colors and ergonomics — were created decades ago.

Among her best-known creations, the bronze Ellisse table, 1976, and her bronze-and-lacquer Yang-Yin bar, 1979, encapsulate a designer who had a strong dualism in her vision, mixing humble and precious materials, for instance, or creating geometric shapes that were softened by sensual surfaces. Crespi began studying architecture in 1944 at the Politecnico, in Milan, where she was among just a handful of women, and became profoundly influenced by the work of Charles-Édouard "Le Corbusier" Jeanneret  and Frank Lloyd Wright. After getting married and having children, she launched her own collections, from jewelry to furniture, and soon gained a loyal following, with design houses such as Maison Dior snapping pieces up for their own lines.

She began work on her most iconic collection, Plurimi, in the late 1960s, and the series — including her Dama table, which plays on the themes of volume, light and adaptability that Crespi has explored throughout her career — flourished through the 1970s and early ’80s. Then there is her famed Z desk, from a mid-1970s series, which manages to be both stylish and humorous, looking like it’s ready to leap off the floor at any moment. Well-born and beautiful, Crespi garnered attention among the jet set. She was a muse to Valentino, and her pieces appeared in the homes of Princess Grace of Monaco, the Shah of Iran and Greek shipping magnate George Livanos. 

In 1987, with her children now adults, the designer surprised everyone when she moved to the foot of the Indian Himalayas to study with the guru Sri Muniraj. This turned into a 20-year self-imposed exile that, if anything, made her pieces even more sought-after by collectors. 

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$5,387
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Fungo Table Lamp
Fungo Table Lamp
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Caleidoscopio Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
Fungo Floor Lamp
Pyramid Lamp
Pyramid Lamp
Mid-Century Modern Desk/Bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia
By Mobilia, Gabriella Crespi
Located in Brussels , BE
Mid-Century Modern desk/bookshelf by Raffaella Crespi, Mobilia.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gabriella Crespi

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Wood

Gabriella Crespi Vintage Brass Nickel Plexiglass Chandelier Pendant Fungo, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vienna, AT
Gabriella Crespi vintage brass nickel plexiglass chandelier or pendant Fungo designed 1970s Italy. Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) Gabriella Crespi presented her collections in Milan in...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass, Nickel

20th Century Gabriella Crespi Turtle Vide-Poche or Sculpture in Silvered Metal
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Turin, Turin
Very realistic Turtle designed by Gabriella Crespi in '70s. The turtle has the structure in Silvered Metal, the shell could be opened and inside you can put some jewelry or little ob...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Metal

Gabriella Crespi Rectangular Red Picture Frame Photo in Lucite, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular red picture frame signed by the Italian designer Gabriella Crespi (original plate shown in photos) made of Lucite, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass, Glass, Plastic

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Table Lighter, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi table lighter made with plexiglass and brass. M A engraved on the brass. Originla sticker still attached. 1970s, made in Italy. The lighter is in...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Silver Plate

Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Gold Frame Desk, 1970s, Italy
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Vis, NL
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi gold brass frame for a stylish desk. 1970s, made in Italy. In excellent condition with no structural damages or repairs. An amazing and seldo...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

Gabriella Crespi Style Split Reed Rattan Six Drawer Dresser
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Culver City, CA
Gabriella Crespi Style Split Reed Rattan Six Drawer DresserSplit reed rattan six drawer dresser or chest with an asymmetrical radiating pattern and patinated bronze hardware designed...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gabriella Crespi

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Brass

21st Bohemian 72 Collection Rattan Lounge Chair Ottoman Set by Gabriella Crespi
By Gubi, Gabriella Crespi
Located in Paris, FR
In the year that Italian designer Gabriella Crespi would have turned 100, and 50 years after its initial conception, GUBI is putting the Bohemian 72 Collection into production for th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Bohemian Gabriella Crespi

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Fabric, Rattan

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Gabriella Crespi Sellers

Societa Antiquaria
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Modern Design Connection
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Rising Sun
Rising Sun
Average Price
$14,000
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Rising Sun
By Gabriella Crespi
Materials
Bamboo, Brass, Metal
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Gabriella Crespi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Gabriella Crespi furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gabriella Crespi collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 73 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Gabriella Crespi's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fulvio Bianconi, Bruno Gambone and Sergio Asti. Prices for Gabriella Crespi furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $799 and tops out at $180,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,690 on average.

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