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Midcentury Willy Rizzo Style Brass and Cork Table Lamp, 1970s

$889.73

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Incredible Willy Rizzo style mid-century brass and cork table lamp. This fantastic table lamp was made in Italy in the 1970s and is in original vintage condition. This item is perfect for a living room or mid-century style dining room, as its Hollywood Regency lines and material are just outstanding. Italian designer and photographer Willy Rizzo (1928-2013) first came to prominence in the 1960s as both a chronicler of and participant in La Dolce VITA, the glamorous, jet set lifestyle enjoyed by many international celebrities and socialites in the postwar era. While photography was Rizzo's first love, in the 1970s he developed a passion for interiors and launched a second successful career as a luxury furniture designer. Rizzo was born in Naples in 1928 but moved to France at an early age. After expressing an interest in photography at the age of 12, Rizzo's mother gifted him an AGFA Box camera; soon he was shooting portraits of his classmates at Paris's Istituto Statale Italiano Leonardo Da Vinci. In the 1940s, Rizzo began his career as a photojournalist, working for several French publications, including Ciné Mondial, Point de Vue, and Image du Monde. In the aftermath of the Second World War, Rizzo notably covered the Nuremberg Trials and traveled to Tunisia for Point de Vue to photograph the conflict in North Africa, which was later published in Life Magazine. As his reputation grew, he was hired by France Dimanche to take portraits of the rich and famous at flashy events like the Cannes Film Festival. Rizzo's charm won the trust of royalty, dignitaries, and movie stars, which allowing him to capture these public figures in unusually candid moments. Hoping to advance his career even further, Rizzo traveled to New York with Black Star Agency in 1947 to photograph American starlets. When he returned to Paris two years later, he was invited to join Jean Prouvost’s newest publication in color, Paris Match, as head photographer—a position that he held for 20 years and, along the way, sparked a new culture of celebrity photographers who were as intriguing and fashionable as their subjects. In 1959, he became the artistic director of Marie Claire and collaborated with other fashion magazines, such as Vogue. Over the course of his career, Rizzo photographed dozens of stars, including Brigitte Bardot, Maria Callas, Salvador Dalí, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Fonda, Gene Kelly, and Gregory Peck, as well as striking up close friendships with famous personalities like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Jack Nicholson. In 1962, Rizzo famously captured some of the last moments of Marilyn Monroe’s life on film before she tragically committed suicide a few weeks later. In 1968, Rizzo married Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, and the pair relocated to Rome. It was here that Rizzo began his work in furniture design, starting with his newly-leased, run-down Roman apartment. Just for personal use (at first), Rizzo created a series one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by modernist icons, such as Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. But as his glitterati friends—Rodolfo Parisi, Gigli Rizzi, Franco Rapetti, Salvador Dalí, Brigitte Bardot, and the like—became admirers of his work, Rizzo was flooded with design commissions. Rizzo went on to furnish apartments for Italian aristocracy in the Palazzo Borghese and Palazzo Ruspoli that same year and quickly earned an international reputation as a designer to the rich and famous. In response to ever-growing demand, he launched his own Tivoli-based company dedicated to contemporary furniture design handmade in lux materials such as wood, marble, stainless steel, brass, and wild boar. Over time, his team of eight grew to 150, and he was able to open shops in France and throughout Europe, as well as in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. With an emphasis on clean lines and geometric forms, Rizzo's tables, chairs, and accessories combined contemporary shapes with traditional materials—in contrast to many of his contemporaries, like Ettore Sottsass and Vico Magistretti, who were popularizing plastic, foam, and other synthetics in furniture production. Among Rizzo's most successful designs are many low, box-like tables in granite, metal, glass, or burled wood, often embellished with brass or chrome accents or built-in liquor cabinets or trays. Two examples of his most celebrated designs include the Alveo Coffee Table (1970s) for Mario Sabot and the circular Yin Yang Coffee Table (1970s). His plush sofas and geometric lamps also remain highly collectible today. In 1978, Rizzo sold his company and returned to photography. However, he never stopped designing furniture and worked on his designs until he passed away in Paris in 2013, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, who continue to run the Paris Studio, producing new pieces from his vast portfolio. His furniture has been exhibited in many international museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Opera Gallery in Monaco.

Details

  • Attributed to
    Willy Rizzo (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Width: 5.91 in. (15 cm)Depth: 7.88 in. (20 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Cork,Metal,Enameled
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3067324650292

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