"Fungo" Table Lamp Designed by Gabriella Crespi

Buyer Protection Guaranteed


"Fungo" table lamp designed by Gabriella Crespi, from the "Rising Sun" series with bell-shaped brass base and bamboo dome screen. Signed at the base and in the shade by Gabriella Crespi, Italy, 1974.


    27.17 in. H
    69 cm H
    Seller Location
    Madrid, Spain
    Reference Number

About Gabriella Crespi (Designer)

Bronze discs that open up like clamshells for storage and fold back in to become side tables. Sleek cubes barely suspended off the ground that transform into full-size dining tables. Clean-lined boxes that contain multilevel shelving. Looking at the work of Italian designer Gabriella Crespi, born in 1922 and still producing furniture in her Milan studio, it’s hard to believe that many of these highly functional pieces — modernist Rubik’s Cubes of materials, colors and ergonomics — were created decades ago.

     Among her best-known creations, the bronze Ellisse table, 1976, and her bronze-and-lacquer Yang-Yin bar, 1979, encapsulate a designer who had a strong dualism in her vision, mixing humble and precious materials, for instance, or creating geometric shapes that were softened by sensual surfaces. Crespi began studying architecture in 1944 at the Politecnico, in Milan, where she was among just a handful of women, and became profoundly influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. After getting married and having children, she launched her own collections, from jewelry to furniture, and soon gained a loyal following, with design houses such as Maison Dior snapping pieces up for their own lines.

     She began work on her most iconic collection, “Plurimi,” in the late 1960s, and the series — including her Dama table, which plays on the themes of volume, light and adaptability that Crespi has explored throughout her career — flourished through the 1970s and early ’80s. Then there is her famed Z desk, from a mid-1970s series, which manages to be both stylish and humorous, looking like it’s ready to leap off the floor at any moment. Well-born and beautiful, Crespi garnered attention among the jet set. She was a muse to Valentino, and her pieces appeared in the homes of Princess Grace of Monaco, the Shah of Iran and Greek shipping magnate George Livanos. In 1987, with her children now adults, the designer surprised everyone when she moved to the foot of the Indian Himalayas to study with the guru Sri Muniraj. This turned into a 20-year self-imposed exile that, if anything, made her pieces even more sought-after by collectors. Read more in Introspective magazine

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2013

Typical response time: 5 hours

Located in Madrid, ES

More from this Seller

Table Lamp Designed by Tommaso Barbi
Table Lamp Designed by Tommaso Barbi
Tommaso Barbi
Table lamp designed by Tommaso Barbi made of brass and composed of one light point.
Lamp Designed by Studio Superego
Lamp Designed by Studio Superego
Studio Superego
Brass, Plexiglass
Lamp designed by Studio Superego, with cubic base made in brass and plexiglass in different colors.
Table Lamp Designed by Willy Daro
Table Lamp Designed by Willy Daro
Willy Daro
Brass, Agate, Linen
Table lamp designed by Willy Daro, made with brass and agate stone structure. Square screen in linen.
Pair of Coral Table Lamps Designed by L.A. Studio
Pair of Coral Table Lamps Designed by L.A. Studio
Brass, Coral, Mother-of-Pearl, Linen
Pair of table lamps designed by L.A. Studio, made of brass decorated with natural corals and mother-of-pearl shells.