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Expandable Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table by Willy Rizzo for Cidue 1970

$7,990

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Sober, elegant Italian Midcentury Modern cocktail table or dry bar by Willy Rizzo for Cidue. The table captures the elegance of 1970 design with its low, sleek, seamless aesthetic. Furthermore, it is more functional than most any coffee table from any age as it expands to very large size to accommodate a large room and guests, and as it does, it becomes a bar with full storage for bottles and glasses! The table is set on a plinth base and covered with a stainless steel apron. The original dark grey green mirror is inset into the top. Measures: The table expands outward from each side from 51.25" to a maximum of 79.5". The interior is a mirrored bar with movable containers for bottles or glasses. It is entirely original with no replacements. Closed: W 51.25, fully open: W 79.5.

Details

  • Creator
    Cidue (Manufacturer),Willy Rizzo (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.5 in (34.29 cm)Width: 51.25 in (130.18 cm)Depth: 31.5 in (80.01 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. some scratches to the surface of the top consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: WR311stDibs: LU79356397793

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About the Designer

Willy Rizzo

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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