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Willy Rizzo Shelves

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
Rare Willy Rizzo Library for Cidue, Italy, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Cidue
Located in L'Escala, ES
Beautiful and rare Willy Rizzo library or storage cabinet manufactured in Italy in 1970s by Cidue. Modulable, with two doors. In very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Willy Rizzo Shelves

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Chrome

Polished Stainless Steel Library/ Room Divider by Willy Rizzo, Signed
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Library/ Room Divider, designed by Willy Rizzo. France, Willy Rizzo, 2015. A large contemporary bookcase/ room divider made of polished stainless steel construction with smoked gl...
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A 1970s Italian console in brass, white enamel and smoked glass. Produced by Idea Knox and designed by Arcangeli & Serantoni. Condition and wear consistent with age and use. Measu...
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Willy Rizzo shelves for sale on 1stDibs

The shelves of Willy Rizzo are 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 shelves, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original shelves by Willy Rizzo were created in Italy during the 20th century in the mid-century modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider shelves by Gianfranco Frattini, Gio Ponti and Feal. Willy Rizzo shelves can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,526 on 1stDibs and tops at $5,798, while pieces like these can sell for $5,662.

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