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Willy Rizzo Desks and Writing Tables

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 design for Cidue Sawhorse Desk Table Base, Italy 1970s, signed
By Willy Rizzo
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Rare pair of "sawhorse" table leg/base designed by Will Rizzo for Cidue of Italy. Circa 1970s, signed with maker label. Heavy flat steel with chrome plating to match the dining chai...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Post-Modern Willy Rizzo Desks and Writing Tables

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Scrivania Desk by Willy Rizzo circa 1972
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Great desk designed by Willy Rizzo and made in 1972, made of chromed steel feet, walnut drawers, brushed steel and smoked glass top. Signed on the side and dated on the bottom. “2...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Desks and Writing Tables

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Scrivania Brass & Lacquer Signed Writing Desk by Willy Rizzo, Italy, ca. 1972
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Geneva, CH
Beautiful elegant brass and dark brown lacquered wood desk "Scrivania" signed on the bottom of the base and on the side of the lacquer Willy Rizzo Italy ca. 1972 Good vintage conditi...
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1970s Italian Vintage Willy Rizzo Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Willy Rizzo Fiorentina Model Steel and Brass Crystal Top Table, 1970s
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Located in IT
Fiorentina Model table by Willy Rizzo, Italy, 1970s. Steel and brass structure, glass top. Size: 101 x 204 cm, H 75 cm. A video is available upon request. Good conditions, wears cohe...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Willy Rizzo Desks and Writing Tables

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1stDibs has Willy Rizzo desks and writing tables available for sale. These distinctive items are often made of steel and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Willy Rizzo desks and writing tables, there are many options, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Willy Rizzo desks and writing tables were created in the modern style in Italy during the 1970s. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Antonia Astori, Romeo Rega and Cini Boeri... Willy Rizzo desks and writing tables can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,523 on 1stDibs and tops at $5,523, while pieces like these can sell for $5,523.

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