Gabriella Crespi (Italy, b. 1922)

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 still producing furniture in her Milan studio, 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 Le Corbusier 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. Read more in Introspective magazine

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Silver Plated Rhyton by Gabriella Crespi for Christian Dior

By Christian Dior, Gabriella Crespi
Silver Plated Rhyton by Gabriella Crespi for Chris...
Christian Dior, Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Pitchers
Silver Plate
Rare large midcentury hand worked and chiselled silver plated pitcher or Rhyton in the form of a wild boar. Designed by Gabriella Crespi for Christian Dior. (Dior label lacking), circa ...
Gabriella Crespi Designed Modernist Picture Frame

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Designed Modernist Picture Frame
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames
Bronze, Shagreen
A Gabriella Crespi designed modernist picture frame. Silvered bronze and shagreen.
Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box Italian 1970's
Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box Ita...
Gabriella Crespi
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass
Gabriella Crespi Brass Pill Cigarette Card Box Italian 1970's 4.4 inches wide on each side .3 inches deep Born in 1922, Gabriella Crespi studies architecture at the Politecnico i...
Gabriella Crespi Rare Brass and Lucite Wall Light "Scudo" , Italy, 1970s.
Gabriella Crespi Rare Brass and Lucite Wall Light ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Lucite
Rare brass and Lucite wall light by Gabriella Crespi, model 'Scudo,' Italy, circa 1976. Signed. Dimensions: 35 x 60 x 16 cm.
Gabriella Crespi Pair of Table Lamps, Signed with Original Shades in Silk
Gabriella Crespi Pair of Table Lamps, Signed with ...
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass, Lucite
Gabriella Crespi's (1922-2017) poetic philosophy was that sculptures and lamps introduce a creative intervention in design.    
Center Table by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1973

By Gabriella Crespi
Center Table by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 197...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Brass, Glass
Hexagonal brass structure, the top inlaid with clear glass pieces. The table can be separated in two halves and be used as consoles. Model “Puzzle” from the Series Plurimi. "Certificate...
Gabriella Crespi Signed 24-Carat Gold-Plated Bronze Chalice, 1974, Italy

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Signed 24-Carat Gold-Plated Bronz...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Bronze
Rare Gabriella Crespi 24-carat gold-plated bronze chalice, circa 1974, Italy. Lost-wax casting. Signed on the base. Measure: 19 cm height, diameter 9 cm. Good original condition. Col...
Gabriella Crespi Fungo Table Lamps from the Rising...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Brass, Bamboo
Important design! Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) The Fungo table lamps were made of brass and the dome shades were made of many bamboo pieces with brass rings. The details were also ma...
1970s by Gabriella Crespi Italian Design Hollywood...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Collectibles and Curiosities
Metal
"Boar" Lighter Gabriella Crespi Italy, 1970s Silver metal. Perfect working order "Grabriella Crespi" signed.
Gabriella Crespi Unique and Important "Punto '83" Table 1982

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Unique and Important "Punto '83" ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel
Important "Punto '83" table in stainless steel with steel mesh tabletop with adjustable height and movable petals by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, 1982. "Punto '83" was created for Milan’s M...
Gabriella Crespi Bronze Sculpture

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Bronze Sculpture
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Bronze
"My Soul," bronze sculpture by Gabriella Crespi. Abstract cast-bronze form created in an edition of 300, from which only 12 were produced. Artist signed and numbered 300/8 along lower e...
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Pelican Sculpture, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bird Pelican Sculptur...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Bronze, Art Glass
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Pelican sculpture. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.  
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bark and Gold Chrome Wine Cooler, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Bark and Gold Chrome ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wine Coolers
Chrome, Cork
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi wine cooler in bark and gold chrome. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in near excellent condition. An amazing and seldom piece.   
Gabriella Crespi Bamboo Brass Box Hinged Signed, Italy, 1970s

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Bamboo Brass Box Hinged Signed, I...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Boxes
Brass, Bamboo
Gabriella Crespi bamboo brass box hinged signed, Italy, 1970s. In good original condition with lacquered brass frame and bamboo inlaid top. Signed on the back corner edge of the box.
1970s Turtel Shell Boxes Signed by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
1970s Turtel Shell Boxes Signed by Gabriella Cresp...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Silver Plate, Tortoise Shell
Two 1970s turtle boxes compose of real turtle and silver plated bronze. Box can be opened from the shell. Each box is signed and numbered by Gabriella Crespi.  
Steel and Leather Box by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Steel and Leather Box by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1960s Italian Boxes
Chic leather box with steel accents. Top slides to reveal interior. Signed.
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s

By Gabriella Crespi
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass, Brass
Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) Set of three modernist bud vases Silvered brass and glass, Signed on base . Italy, 1970s Dimensions: 7 H x 2.5 diameter Priced and sold as a set.  
Gabriella Crespi Silvered Bronze Rhino

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Silvered Bronze Rhino
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Sculptures
Wonderfully detailed silvered bronze rhino sculpture by Gabriella Crespi from the 1970s. The central body is composed of a Murano glass egg. Signed on the bottom. Measures: Width 6” D...
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork Brass Ice Bucket Signed

By Gabriella Crespi
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork Brass Ice Bucket Signed...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Barware
Brass, Glass, Cork
Wonderful and rare ice bucket or desk box designed by Gabriella Crespi in the 1970s. Very textural cork covers contrast with the polished brass ring and a glass inlay. An Ultimate lu...
"Fungo" Table Lamp Designed by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
"Fungo" Table Lamp Designed by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Brass, Bamboo
"Fungo" table lamp designed by Gabriella Crespi, from the "Rising Sun" series with bell-shaped brass base and bamboo dome screen. Signed at the base and in the shade by Gabriella Crespi...
Gabriella Crespi Elephant Sculpture Signed

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Elephant Sculpture Signed
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Sculptures
Bronze, Murano Glass
Gorgeous detailed gold plated bronze elephant sculpture by Gabriella Crespi from the 1970s. The central body is composed of a Murano glass egg. Signed on the bottom. This piece is in e...
1970s Bronze Box Signed by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
1970s Bronze Box Signed by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass, Bronze
1970s large brass box with a bronze bird on the top. Signed by Gabriella Crespi Excellent condition.
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Plexiglass and Chrome Box Desk, 1970s, Italy
Rare Signed Gabriella Crespi Plexiglass and Chrome...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Chrome, Plexiglass
Rare signed Gabriella Crespi in plexiglass and old chrome box for a stylish desk. 1970s, made in Italy. This piece is in good vintage condition with grey patina on the chrome con...
Gabriella Crespi Italian Design 1970s Hollywood Re...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Platters and Serveware
Brass, Wicker
Gabriella Crespi Italy, 1970s Four plates Polish brass and wicker Very good condiction Minor damages at one plate (look the picture).
Charming Pair of Gabriella Crespi Bowls

By Gabriella Crespi
Charming Pair of Gabriella Crespi Bowls
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls
Lovely pair of bowls signed by Gabriella Crespi. Glass and brass.
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Mirror

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Mirror
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Organic Modern Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Brass, Rattan, Mirror
House of the Rising Sun collection rattan and brass console or wall mirror by Gabriella Crespi, documented.
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Italy , 1970's

By Gabriella Crespi
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Italy , 1970's
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Brass, Lucite
Lucite pyramid mounted to an angled base of patinated brass. Signed on the base. OUR REFERENCE N8738    
1970s Italian Round Bark Box with Stainless Steel Band by Gabriella Crespi
1970s Italian Round Bark Box with Stainless Steel ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Boxes
Round bark box with stainless steel band and cork lined interior by Gabriella Crespi. Signed on stainless steel band, Italy, 1970s.
1970s Italian Round Bark Bowl with Brass Rim by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
1970s Italian Round Bark Bowl with Brass Rim by Ga...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Bowls and Baskets
Brass, Wood
Round bark bowl with brass rim by Gabriella Crespi. Signed on brass band, Italy, 1970s.
Brass and Cork Decorative Box by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1970, Italy

By Gabriella Crespi
Brass and Cork Decorative Box by Gabriella Crespi,...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass, Cork
Brass and cork decorative box by Gabriella Crespi Brass and cork. Signed circa 1970, Italy Very good vintage condition.
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining Table

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining Table
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Organic Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Rattan
House of the Rising Sun collection rattan and brass dining table by Gabriella Crespi, signed and documented.
Set of Eight Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining Chairs

By Gabriella Crespi
Set of Eight Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Organic Modern Dining Room Chairs
Rattan
Eight House of the Rising Sun collection rattan dining chairs by Gabriella Crespi, signed and documented.
1970s Bronze Ostrich and Boar by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
1970s Bronze Ostrich and Boar by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Bronze, Blown Glass
Boar and ostrich plated silver and Murano blown glass. Toso and Barovier. Signe by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1970. Italy Measure: Boar 15cm x 15cm x 11 cm Ostrich 22cm x 11cm diamete...
Charming Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Charming Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Huge and glamorous Fungo ( mushroom) table lamp signed Gabriella Crespi. Brushed stainless steel with white plexiglass shade. Signed on the base and shade.  
Gabriella Crespi Rare and Exceptional Large "Caleidoscopo" Table Lamp, 1974
Gabriella Crespi Rare and Exceptional Large "Calei...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Stainless Steel, Acrylic
Rare and Exceptional large “Caleidoscopo” (“Kaleidoscope”) table lamp in brushed stainless steel and white plexiglass by Gabriella Crespi, Italy 1974 (signed "Gabriella Crespi" on shade...
Large Solid Brass Antivento Portacenere-Trinket Box by Gabriella Crespi Signed
Large Solid Brass Antivento Portacenere-Trinket Bo...
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass
Simple elegant with swivel top, solid brass antivento ashtray or trinket box, all in original condition, the inside its like new.
Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Stunning gilded pheasant with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
Rare Pair of Doves Signed Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Rare Pair of Doves Signed Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Rare pair of silver plated doves with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
Wonderful Set of Pitcher and Glasses Signed Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Wonderful Set of Pitcher and Glasses Signed Gabrie...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Glass
Elegant set with pitcher and eight glasses. Brass and glass. Glasses measures: diameter cm 6, height 18 cm.
Iconic Brass Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Iconic Brass Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Very charming table lamp by Gabriella Crespi, signed on the brass base and on the brass top shade.
Signed Rare Amboyna Wood Ice Cooler by Gabriella Crespi

By Gabriella Crespi
Signed Rare Amboyna Wood Ice Cooler by Gabriella C...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Barware
Brass, Amboyna
Gariella Crespi ice bucket in amboyna wood and brass, Italy, circa 1970. Signed: Gabriella Crespi. Born in 1922, Gabriella Crespi studies architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, wh...
Leaf Bowl with Snails Designed by Gabriella Crespi for Christian Dior Home

By Christian Dior, Gabriella Crespi
Leaf Bowl with Snails Designed by Gabriella Crespi...
Christian Dior, Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Silver Plate
Rare silver plated bowl with snail supports designed by Gabriella Crespi for Christian Dior, made in Italy circa 1970 Part of the "Animalia" series metal label to the underside reads "M...
Gabriella Crespi Half Moon Picture Frames Mirrors

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Half Moon Picture Frames Mirrors
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Picture Frames
Steel
A nice pair of brushed Steel picture frames (or mirrors) Designed by Gabriella Crespi, engraved signature Left and right. Price is for the pair
 Vase Gabriela by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1975

By Gabriella Crespi
Vase Gabriela by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Brass, Ceramic, Nickel
White glazed ceramic vase. The flared square design held by a square brass band. Signed on the band.    
Brass Cigarette Case or Box by Gabriella Crespi, Signed

By Gabriella Crespi
Brass Cigarette Case or Box by Gabriella Crespi, S...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass
If the work of Italian designer Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) had to be characterized in one word, the adjective would most likely be ‘luxurious.’ Like most Italian designers, Crespi re...
Signed Rare Gabriella Crespi "Antivento" Ashtray Chrome Brass Bowl, Italy, 1970
Signed Rare Gabriella Crespi "Antivento" Ashtray C...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Brass, Chrome
A rare authentic " Antivento " ashtray or bowl with lid in chromed brass designed and produced by Gabriella Crespi, Milan, Italy around 1973-74. Underside of ashtray impressed with facs...
Signed Rare Gabriella Crespi "Antivento" Ashtray Patinated Brass Bowl, 1970
Signed Rare Gabriella Crespi "Antivento" Ashtray P...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Brass
A rare authentic "Antivento" ashtray or bowl with lid in patinated brass designed and produced by Gabriella Crespi, Milan, Italy, circa 1973-1974. Underside and top of ashtray lid impre...
Gabriella Crespi Lucite and Brass Box

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Lucite and Brass Box
Gabriella Crespi
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Boxes
Brass, Lucite
Original Mid-Century Modern Lucite and brass box by Gabriella Crespi, Italy. Marked on the brass.  
Rare Bowl by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1970

By Gabriella Crespi
Rare Bowl by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1970
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Silver
Very rare bowl by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1970, silver plated brass, with snakes elements, cabbage leaf, signed on the side. Authenticity by the Archivio Gabriella Crespi is encl...
Gabriella Crespi, Sculpture Model, Coffee Table, Signed, circa 1970, Italy
Gabriella Crespi, Sculpture Model, Coffee Table, S...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
Coffee table by Gabriella Crespi, Sculpture Model, Wooden structure covered with golden brass, Mechanism metal which toggles the upper part, Engraved signature, Italy, circa 1970. ...
Gabriella Crespi Pendant

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Pendant
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Rare brass and perspex pendant designed by Gabriella Crespi.
Gabriella Crespi 1973 Bamboo and Rattan Coffee Table Rising Sun

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi 1973 Bamboo and Rattan Coffee Tab...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bamboo
Sheathed in a braided rattan basketry way structure, central circular opening accommodating the rotary table.
Rare Gabriella Crespi Amboina Dresser Plurimi Series Signed

By Gabriella Crespi
On Hold
Rare Gabriella Crespi Amboina Dresser Plurimi Seri...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Dressers
Brass, Bamboo, Burl
Wonderful dresser from Gabriella Crespi from the Plurimi Series, Italy, 1970s. Rare and exclusive amboina-veneered wood, brass and four bamboo columns at each corner. Produced by Cresp...
Signed and Documented Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Collection Planter Box

By Gabriella Crespi
Signed and Documented Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Planters and Jardinieres
Brass, Bamboo
This oversized cut bamboo and brass trim square planter with original galvanized metal liner. This is an original vintage Gabriella Crespi piece from her Rising Sun series. Geometric de...
Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Boxes
Brass, Lucite
Minimalist decorative Lucite and brass box by Gabriella Crespi. Signed.
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame, Signed

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame, Signed
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Picture Frames
Small, handsome brass frame from the illustrious Italian designer. Signed.
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Signed, 1970s, Italy

By Gabriella Crespi
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Signed, 1970s, Ita...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Brass, Plastic
Marvellous pair of Table Lamps in brass and plastic, signed by the Designer.
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' Box

By Gabriella Crespi
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' Box
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories
Brass, Wood
Exceptional Gabriella Crespi 'Parrot' box. Wood and brass. Signed Gabriella Crespi.