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Willy Rizzo Sofas

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
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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Sofa Set by Willy Rizzo, Represented by Tuleste Factory
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Willy Rizzo Three-Seat Modern Sofa in Brown Strié Velvet, circa 2010s, Signed
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Rare Vintage Sofa in Black Leather and Laminated Signed Willy Rizzo
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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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Willy Rizzo sofas for sale on 1stDibs

The Willy Rizzo sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Willy Rizzo sofas there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Willy Rizzo's original sofas 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 sofas by Giancarlo Piretti, Luigi Pellegrin and Franco Poli. Willy Rizzo sofas can vary in price, size, time period and other characteristics. 1stDibs's price starts at $6,500 and tops out at $20,750, while pieces like these can sell for $16,475.

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