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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Charming Table Lamp 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 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.
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 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.
Gabriella Crespi's Gilded Cutlery
Gabriella Crespi's Gilded Cutlery
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Tableware
Copper, Steel, Glass
A glamorous and rare 78-piece Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) cutlery service for 12 diners. Each five-piece place setting consists of 12 salad forks, 12 soup spoons, 12 knives with steel ...
Gabriella Crespi, "Console U"
Gabriella Crespi, "Console U"
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Console Tables
Brass, Bronze, Wood
"Console U". Polished bronze, polished brass, wood. Designed by Gabriella Crespi. Limited edition of 9 + 2 AP + 2 prototypes Measures: cm 150 x 50 x 75. “Certificate of Authenticit...
Gabriella Crespi "Ellisse" Coffee Table in bronze and brass
Customizable
Gabriella Crespi "Ellisse" Coffee Table in bronze ...
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood, Bronze
"Ellisse", coffee table, 2015 edition Polished bronze, satin bronze, wood. Limited edition of 9 + 2 A.P. cm 130 x 90 x H.35 (closed) cm 250 x 90 x H.35 (open) "Certificate of Authentic...
Gabriella Crespi "Fungo" Table Lamp, Italy, 1974
Gabriella Crespi "Fungo" Table Lamp, Italy, 1974
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s French Table Lamps
Brass, Bamboo
"Fungo" table lamp from the rising sun series.
Gabriella Crespi "Ellisse" Coffee Table in Travert...
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble, Wood
"Ellisse" Coffee table: Persian travertino marble over wood. Designed by Gabriella Crespi. Special project, 2017. Measure: cm 130 x 90 x H 35 (closed) cm 250 x 90 x H 35 (open).
Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi
Elegant Pheasant Signed Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Stunning gilded pheasant with ostrich egg signed Gabriella Crespi.
Gabriella Crespi "Dama" bronze and stainless steel Coffee Table
Customizable
Gabriella Crespi "Dama" bronze and stainless steel...
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Bronze
Coffee table Polished bronze and stainless steel. Limited edition of nine pieces + 2 A. P. Measures: cm 110 x 110 x h.32 (closed) cm 110 x 250 x h.32 (open) "Certificate of Authent...
Rare Pair of Doves Signed 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.
Gabriella Crespi, Z Desk Bronze and Brass
Customizable
Gabriella Crespi, Z Desk Bronze and Brass
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Bronze, Wood
With two pull-out side-shelves and one drawer. Polished bronze, polished brass, wood. Designed by Gabriella Crespi. Limited edition of 9 + 2 AP + 2 prototypes Measures: cm 150 x 80 ...
Gabriella Crespi Designed Modernist Picture Frame
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.
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
Set of Three Vases by Gabriella Crespi, 1970s
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Brass, Glass
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.  
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
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
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...
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...
1970s Bronze Ostrich and Boar 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...
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
Gabriella Crespi Silvered Bronze Rhino
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...
 Vase Gabriela by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1975
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, 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 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 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
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.  
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...
Rare Bowl by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1970
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...
Table Lamp by Gabriella Crespi, Italy , 1970's
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    
Rare Gabriella Crespi Airone Sculpture, 1973
Rare Gabriella Crespi Airone Sculpture, 1973
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Sculptures
Bronze, Murano Glass
A wonderful Airone sculpture by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, 1970s. This stunning art animal object is made of gilt plated brass and the body holds a very large, handblown Murano glass egg...
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Dining Table
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 ...
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.
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 "Rising Sun" Mirror
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.
Center Table by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, circa 1973
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 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
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
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...
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...
1970s Gabriella Crespi Turtle Box
1970s Gabriella Crespi Turtle Box
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern More Furniture and Collectibles
Bronze, Tortoise Shell
Rare and unusual signed Gabriella Crespi turtle box. The turtle shell is real and the body is in nickel-plated bronze. Great quality for this fantastic piece. It is signed on the inner...
Gabriella Crespi Decorative Box
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
Gabriella Crespi Brass Picture Frame, Signed
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Picture Frames
Small, handsome brass frame from the illustrious Italian designer. Signed.
Eight Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Bamboo Dining Chairs
Eight Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Bamboo Dining ...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Dining Room Chairs
Bamboo
Set of eight bamboo dining chairs, each retain a metal Gabriella Crespi tag. We also have a set of ten additional finish chairs with white leatherette upholstery. Note: This is locat...
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
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.
Collapsible Rattan Tray Table
Collapsible Rattan Tray Table
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables
Brass, Rattan, Wicker
Mid-Century, wicker and rattan side table, with brass accents, by designer, Gabriella Crespi. Gabriella, was one of the foremost, Italian furniture designers of the 20th century.
Pair of Mirrors by Gabriella Crespi
Pair of Mirrors by Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Brass, Mirror
Pair of brass mirrors by Gabriella Crespi.
Gabriella Crespi Table Mirrors
Gabriella Crespi Table Mirrors
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Table Mirrors
Brass Christian Dior "CD" $2200. Tall crescent mirror $1800. The dimensions of the smaller mirror: H 8", L 10.25", D 2.5".
Gabriella Crespi Massive Sawtooth Sculpture
Gabriella Crespi Massive Sawtooth Sculpture
Gabriella Crespi
20th Century Italian Sculptures
Sawtooth sculpture signed Gabriella Crespi on base.
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork and Brass Notebook
Rare Gabriella Crespi Cork and Brass Notebook
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Desk Accessories
Spectacular find. A very rare intact journal by Gabriella Crespi. Very textural cork covers contrast with the polished brass trim. All the original cork pages are present and unused. Ul...
Gabriella Crespi Rare "Kaleidoscope" Floor Lamp
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Floor Lamps
The rarest and best Crespi floor lamp. Signed.
Gabriella Crespi Original Signed Unicum Kaleidosco...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass
An original early 1970s brass floor lamp of geometric form by Gabriella Crespi from the Unicum Series. It is signed twice with her facsimile signature, monogram and a number one. This i...
Gabriella Crespi "Signed" Brass Lamp, circa 1970, Italy
Gabriella Crespi "Signed" Brass Lamp, circa 1970, ...
Gabriella Crespi
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Brass
Elegant Gabriella Crespi brass lamp. Brass structure and methacrylate lampshade. Signed, circa, 1970, Italy. Very good vintage condition.
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, "Caleidoscopio" Lamp
Gabriella Crespi, "Caleidoscopio" Lamp
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Floor Lamps
Brass, Bronze, Plexiglass
"Caleidoscopio" lamp. Brass and bronze and plexiglass. Designed by Gabriella Crespi. Measures: H. cm 180. H. cm 150. Limited edition of 12 + 2 prototypes. Certificate of authentic...
Signed Gabriella Crespi Rattan Collapsible Tray Tables, Pair
Signed Gabriella Crespi Rattan Collapsible Tray Ta...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Side Tables
Brass, Rattan, Wicker
Collapsible side tables in wicker and rattan, designed by Gabriella Crespi in 1970s and sold exclusively through her boutiques. Crespi stopped designing after ten years of a successful ...
Wave Desk by Gabriella Crespi, brass over wood
Customizable
Wave Desk by Gabriella Crespi, brass over wood
Gabriella Crespi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Laminate, Wood
Extraordinary desk in polished brass, based on sketches from the 1970s that were never brought to life. It will be produced in a limited numbered series of 5 + 1 artist’s proof. Cm 250 ...