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Pair of Signed Gabriella Crespi Fungo Table Lamps

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A good pair of “Fungo”, brushed brass and Perspex table lamps designed by Gabriella Crespi, circa 1970 each signed to the top of the shade and also to the base. The perspex versions of the Fungo lamps preceded their bamboo equivalents from the "Rising sun" series by 2-3 years, this pair are in very good condition, not re-polished, with minor oxidation to the brass and relatively minor wear to the perspex shades. The wiring has been renewed, Priced for the pair. At the end of the 1950s, Gabriella Crespi began her career as a designer and presented her first collections in Milan. The owner of Tiffany & Co. and Bonwit Teller owned many of her first works and, from the early 1960s, her objects were commissioned by Dior for the gifts department, home decor and dining: the ties between Crespi and Dior lasted for almost twenty years. Between the 1960s and the 1980s, Gabriella Crespi earned an elite position amongst 20th century furniture designers utilising her glamorous connections, spreading her unique taste amongst the high flying 1960-70s jet set. Crespi retired in 1987 and, at the age of 65 ventured into the Himalayas where she lived for two decades. Finally coming back to Italy in the 21st century, a 2011 a retrospective exhibition of her work, "Gabriella Crespi: The Sign and the Spirit", was held in Milan at the Palazzo Reale. Crespi sadly passed away in 2017 at the age of 95.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Good vintage condition, Please enquire for full condition report
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 27.56 in. x Dm 15.75 in.H 70 cm x Dm 40 cm
  • Diameter
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Fingest, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    1572
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU977314707372
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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

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