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Willy Rizzo

Italian, 1928-2013

Renowned Italian furniture designer Willy Rizzo is celebrated for having produced eye-catching, sensational showpieces that merged plush fabrics with wood, metal and glass. Influenced by European modernists and drawing on the spare forms and clean lines of the American mid-century modern style, Rizzo prized functionality and simplicity in his dazzling work.

Born in Naples, Rizzo never intended on designing furniture. Instead, he began pursuing photography at the age of 12. By the 1960s, he had become a notable photographer, having captured images of such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire and Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. His experience with furniture design came about inadvertently when he moved to Rome in 1966. There, Rizzo rented an apartment with his wife Elsa that he described as "practically uninhabitable." Dissatisfied with the Scandinavian furniture options on offer, Rizzo built sofas, coffee tables and other furniture to suit the space's strong modern vibe. When his friends saw what he had accomplished, they were enamored by his furniture creations and commissioned him to build similar items for them.

The demand for Rizzo’s furniture grew from there. He established a production facility and workshop in Tivoli, just outside of Rome, which grew to house over 150 employees. There, finding inspiration in the work of iconic architects including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, he created more than 30 unique furniture designs. Over the years he opened boutiques around the world to showcase and sell his furniture.

Rizzo prided himself on seamlessly blending the contemporary with the classic. “It was about creating something new for a traditional setting,” he said of his work. From his sleek sideboards to his low-profile side tables, elegant chairs and entire living room sets, Rizzo's style sensibility is evident throughout every detail of his designs.

Rizzo sold his company in 1978 and returned to photography. However, the presence of his furniture resonated into the new century and is sure to impact interior décor enthusiasts into the next. Over the years, high-profile collectors of Rizzo’s work have included French actress Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dalí and American musician Lenny Kravitz.

On 1stDibs, find a range of vintage Willy Rizzo tables, lighting, seating and storage pieces.

Average Sold Price
$3,922
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Willy Rizzo Brass and Chrome Table Lamp, Italy, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Brass and chrome table lamp by Willy Rizzo, Italy, circa 1970. Designer: Willy Rizzo Country: Italy Model: Table lamp Material: Design period: circa 1970 Size in cm...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Willy Rizzo Impressive Large Brass Coffee Tables Model 'Flamina', Italy 1974
By Karl Springer, Willy Rizzo
Located in Vienna, AT
Willy Rizzo impressive large brass coffee tables model 'Flamina', Italy 1974. Signed 'Willy Rizzo'.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Mid-Century Italian Burl Console Table by Willy Rizzo
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Vilnius, LT
Italian vintage burl wood verneer console table by Willy Rizzo from 1970s. The console table is decorated with brass and chrome combination, the single drawer is with brass handles....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Travertine Coffee or Cocktail table by Willy Rizzo, circa 1970
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Ghent, BE
A stylish coffee table designer by Italian designer Willy Rizzo. Produced in Italy circa 1960, this coffee table combines timeless travertine and brass details, in a refined and casu...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Willy Rizzo

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Travertine, Brass

Willy Rizzo Console Table in Wood, Brass, Chrome and Smoked Glass, 1970s, Italy
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Rome, IT
Console, hallway, foyer or entry table attributed to Willy Rizzo. It features one closable drawer and a door below.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo

Materials

Metal, Brass, Chrome

Willy Rizzo Dining Table for Jean Charles, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Dining table by Willy Rizzo for Jean Charles, France 1970’s. High quality piece out of travertine and nice solid brass details like the edges around the top and the base. The tab...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Willy Rizzo

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Travertine, Brass

  • Willy Rizzo Dining Table for Jean Charles, 1970s
  • Willy Rizzo Dining Table for Jean Charles, 1970s
  • Willy Rizzo Dining Table for Jean Charles, 1970s
  • Willy Rizzo Dining Table for Jean Charles, 1970s
H 29.53 in. W 78.75 in. D 39.38 in.
Modular Table by Willy Rizzo
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Brussels, BE
Modular table by Willy Rizzo.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo

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Metal

  • Modular Table by Willy Rizzo
  • Modular Table by Willy Rizzo
  • Modular Table by Willy Rizzo
  • Modular Table by Willy Rizzo
H 12.21 in. W 23.63 in. D 23.63 in.
Large Willy Rizzo Blue Lacquer and Brass Bar Coffee Table, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Paris, FR
This stunning extra large coffee table is guaranteed to be the focus of attention when you entertain guests, and will make a fascinating centerpiece for your living room. Following t...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo

Materials

Brass

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Willy Rizzo Sellers

Thomas Brillet Inc
4.5
Ferola Vintage
4.9
Les Illumines Design
5.0
Space and Chrome
5.0

Willy Rizzo furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Willy Rizzo 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 Willy Rizzo collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular.. There are currently 196 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Willy Rizzo were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Angelo Mangiarotti, Gianfranco Frattini and Romeo Rega. Willy Rizzo furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $350 and tops out at $20,750, while pieces like these can sell for $4,500 on average..

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