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Willy Rizzo Living Room Sets

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
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 Rizzo's own home in St Tropez,France in their October 1974 issue. The sofa is finished in brown suede. We have a further selection of these Willy Rizzo sofas...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Living Room Sets

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Suede, Wood

Set 5 Willy Rizzo Chairs for Mario Sabot, 1970s, Italy
By Willy Rizzo, Mario Sabot
Located in SAN PIETRO MOSEZZO, NO
Set of five chairs in stained beech from the 70s designed by Willy Rizzo for Mario Sabot. The peculiarity of the design is given by the curved wooden backrest which gives these seat...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Living Room Sets

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Fabric, Beech

Rare Vintage Super C Modular Black Leather Sofa by Willy Rizzo Italy
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Buggenhout, Oost-Vlaanderen
Very rare Mid-Century, modern, modular sofa set ‘Super C’ by Willy Rizzo Italy, 1970s Matching set. Signed with ‘Willy Rizzo’ on every item & handcrafted in Italy. Combination ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Willy Rizzo Living Room Sets

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Leather, Faux Leather

Willy Rizzo Italian Midcentury set of two 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 Living Room Sets

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Metal

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Willy Rizzo living room sets for sale on 1stDibs.

Willy Rizzo living room sets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of animal skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Willy Rizzo living room sets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original living room sets by Willy Rizzo were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider living room sets by Sormani, Mario Marenco, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Prices for Willy Rizzo living room sets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $832 and can go as high as $12,296, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,910.

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