Gabriella Crespi Mirrors

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

Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella Crespi
Nickel-Plated Brass Frame / Mirror by Gabriella...
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Picture Frames
Brass
Gabriella Crespi, legendary arbiter of 1970s Italian chic, had a showroom on the Via Borgospesso in Milan which was the point of origin not only of an aesthetic but of an entire life...
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Mirror
Gabriella Crespi "Rising Sun" Mirror
Gabriella Crespi
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Brass, Rattan, Mirror
House of the Rising Sun collection rattan and brass console or wall mirror by Gabriella Crespi, documented.
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 Mirror

Gabriella Crespi Mirror

By Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi Mirror
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Gothic Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
Brass, Glass, Mirror
Crespi Gothic inspired brass mirror. Can hang on wall or freestanding on floor. Two hanging sides full finished brass backing. Few of these were ever produced. Impressed signatur...
Gilt Brass Mirror by Gabriella Crespi, 1971
Gilt Brass Mirror by Gabriella Crespi, 1971
Gabriella Crespi
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Mirrors
Brass, Mirror
Gilt brass table mirror by Gabriella CRESPI, 1971. Rectangular brass shape opening with Crespi typical double half moon shape on the Mirror. Ref : Casa Vogue magazine, Crespi adver...
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