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Willy Rizzo Seating

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.

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Creator: Willy Rizzo
Mid-Century Italian Modern Willy Rizzo Chrome Brass and Suede Dining Chair
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Chair designed by Willy Rizzo and produced in Italy in the 70's. Structure in chromed and brass-plated steel and upholstery in brown suede. The parts with a brass finish present so...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

Italian Space Age Modular Sofa in Green Fabric by Willy Rizzo for Sabot, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian space age Modular sofa in green fabric by Willy Rizzo for Sabot, 1970s Corner sofa upholstered and covered in forest green coarse-grained fabric, consisting of 6 modules: a ...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Cidue Dining Armchairs Chairs Design by Willy Rizzo Set of 6 Chrome and Leather
By Willy Rizzo, Cidue
Located in Munich, Bavaria
These Italian design chairs are designed Willy Rizzo for Italian manufacture Cidue. It has a polished chromed steel base and upholstered in dark brown leather seat. A very comforta...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Vintage Dining Chairs by Willy Rizzo for Cidue Set of 6, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 6 dining chairs designed by Willy Rizzo for Cidue. The chairs have a beautyfully shaped chrome frame and come with the original black leather seats. Good condition, some...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Sofa Set by Willy Rizzo, Represented by Tuleste Factory
By Willy Rizzo
Located in New York, NY
Sofa set by Willy Rizzo Measures: 80 x 210 x 105 cm Fabric, wood Modular sofa set designed by Willy Rizzo, with camel suede upholstery. Shipping is not included. See our ...
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1970s Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Willy Rizzo Dining Chairs Set by Mario Sabot, Italy, 1970's
By Willy Rizzo, Mario Sabot
Located in Antwerp, BE
Willy Rizzo dining chairs set by Mario Sabot, Italy - 1970's; Italian Design Delightful and petit mid-century wooden chair designed by Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot. This set of ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Leather, Wood

Set of 4 Chairs Brass Chrome Black Alcantara by Willy Rizzo, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Paris, FR
This stunning set of four chairs is guaranteed to be the focus of attention when you entertain guests in your living room. Following the glamorous Italian Hollywood Regency look of o...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Brass, Chrome

Pair of Signed Rotating Chairs by Willy Rizzo, 'Mini-Clubs'
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Pair of suede rotating club chairs by Willy Rizzo. Italy, Willy Rizzo, 2005. Two swivel chairs designed by WIlly Rizzo, upholstered in two different colours of suede. Each with 'W...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo Seating

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Suede

Superb Pair of Suede Willy Rizzo Lounge Chairs, Signed Studio Willy Rizzo, 1969
By Willy Rizzo
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Extremely rare pair of signed Willy Rizzo lounge chairs finished in suede with stainless steel bases. These are very early examples which were produced by the 'Studio Willy Rizzo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Stainless Steel

Set of 4 Willy Rizzo Diningchairs in Chrome and Leather for Cidue, Italy, 1970s
By Cidue, Willy Rizzo
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautifully patinated dark cognac brown dining-room chairs by Willy Rizzo for Cidue. As we are used from Willy Rizzo we see a good combination between the two materials used in this ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Willy Rizzo Three-Seat Modern Sofa in Brown Strié Velvet, circa 2010s, Signed
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This incredibly stylish and elegant sofa is by Willy Rizzo and signed on one leg with Rizzo's signature. Featuring gorgeous strié velvet in a luscious brown color with contrasting ye...
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2010s French Modern Willy Rizzo Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Willy Rizzo Italian Midcentury Chairs Mid 70's
By Willy Rizzo
Located in bari, IT
Set of four chairs with steel structure seats in original suede designer Willy Rizzo mid 70s. Some repairs without any stability problems.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Metal

Willy Rizzo for Cidue Suede Chairs 'Set of 4'
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Aurora, OR
These late 1960s suede and chrome chairs were designed for Italian furniture concern Cidue by Willy Rizzo. Rizzo made his way into the newly minted "jet-set" as a photographer for Pl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Vintage Brass Dining Chairs by Willy Rizzo for Cidue Set of 6, 1970s
By Cidue, Willy Rizzo
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Set of 6 dining chairs designed by Willy Rizzo for Cidue. The chairs have a beautifully shaped chrome frame and come with the original dark brown leather seats. Good condition....
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Modular Sofa Set by Willy Rizzo, Suede, Italy, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Modular sofa set by Willy Rizzo, Suede, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Suede

Set of 4 Italian Mid Century Chairs Willy Rizzo - 1970s.
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Brussels, BE
Set of 4 Italian Mid Century Chairs Willy Rizzo - 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Metal

Set of Six Italian Design Dining Chairs by Willy Rizzo
By Willy Rizzo
Located in London, GB
A set of 1970 Italian dining chairs in chrome with original blue velvet upholstery. Designed by Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot.
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Selection of Willy Rizzo sofas available, we can restore,choose your own fabric.
By Willy Rizzo
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
This iconic sofa was designed by Willy Rizzo in 1969 and is published in many of the interior design journals of the period. This design was illustrated in Casa Vogue's feature on Ri...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Suede, Wood

Willy Rizzo C2 70s Production Chromed Steel Frame Gray Vintage Leather Set of 6
By Willy Rizzo
Located in IT
Willy Rizzo chairs C2 70s production with chromed steel frame and gray vintage leather seats. Set of 6 chairs. The seat has been re upholstered with vintage leather. The chairs a...
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Late 20th Century European Modern Willy Rizzo Seating

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Steel

Mario Sabot Dining Chairs by Willy Rizzo, 1970's
By Willy Rizzo
Located in New York, NY
Mario Sabot dining chairs by Willy Rizzo Measures: 75 x 50 cm Fabric, Wood Set of ten dining chairs by Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot in black lacquer with seats upholstered i...
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1970s Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Chair Willy Rizzo Black Leather Chrome N3, circa 1970
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Labrit, Landes
Black leather and chrome Willy Rizzo chair, circa 1970s Also available in our store and on 1st Dibs: Chair Willy Rizzo black leather chrome N1, circa 1970 and Chair Willy Rizzo blac...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Cidue Dining Chairs Designed by Willy Rizzo Set of 4 Chrome and Black Leather
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a set of 4 chairs designed by Willy Rizzo and produced by Cidue. Original leather. No repairs or damages on the structure. Made in Italy.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Rare Vintage Sofa in Black Leather and Laminated Signed Willy Rizzo
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Isle Sur Sorgue, FR
Rare vintage sofa in black leather and laminate composed of 5 low chairs and a corner module, all signed Willy Rizzo.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo Seating

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Leather

Set of Dinning Chairs by Willy Rizzo (ATTR), Represented by Tuleste Factory
By Willy Rizzo
Located in New York, NY
A set of dinning chairs by Willy Rizzo Measures: 48 x 19 in.  
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1970s Unknown Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Brass

Hollywood Regency Willy Rizzo Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Brass Frame
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mid-Century Modern geometrical shaped lounge chair and ottoman by Willy Rizzo, Italy, 1970s. The square tubular frame in brass keeps the cushion in place that still holds their or...
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1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Brass

Set of Four Willy Rizzo Signed Chairs
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Miami, FL
Set of four chrome metal chairs signed Willy Rizzo on the chrome leg. Newly reupholstered in black ultrasuede. Measures: 19" H seat.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Chrome

Willy Rizzo Patinated Green Suede Leather Brass Chrome Dining Chairs, Italy 1970
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Vienna, AT
Willy Rizzo patinated green suede leather brass chrome dining chairs, Italy, 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Seating

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Metal, Brass, Chrome

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