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Willy Rizzo Chairs

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 Chairs

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Brass, Steel, Chrome

Willy Rizzo Dining Chairs Set by Mario Sabot, Italy, 1970's
By Mario Sabot, Willy Rizzo
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 Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Brass, Chrome

Set of 4 Willy Rizzo Diningchairs in Chrome and Leather for Cidue, Italy, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Cidue
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 Chairs

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Chrome

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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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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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Steel

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 Chairs

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Chrome

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 Chairs

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Chrome

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Willy Rizzo chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Willy Rizzo chairs there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs 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 chairs by Castelli, Vico Magistretti and Gastone Rinaldi. Willy Rizzo chairs can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $647 and tops at $6,904, while pieces like these can sell for $1,780 on average.

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