Gabriella Crespi is one of the foremost Italian furniture designers of the 20th century. She worked as a designer throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, retiring in 1985. Known for her famed elliptical brass coffee table, the Italian architect and designer’s multifunctional furniture resembles the finest of sculptures yet has the precision of fine craftsmanship. In an intricate process, Crespi would take her drawings to artisans in and around Milan, who would prototype her designs; many of Crespi’s pieces are unique and often signed or numbered. Her expansive oeuvre comprises furniture, decorative items, mobiles, jewelry, and flatware, all in a wide range of materials—including reflective mirrors, bamboo, Plexiglas, and metals such as brass. She has dedicated herself to the creation and worldwide circulation of furniture and other objects that balance design and sculptural abstraction. Thanks to her always original conception and ideas, to the articulated forms that meet the needs of contemporary design, and to the amazing ability to transform objects by adding openings, closings, and changes in function, Gabriella Crespi has conquered the international scene in a short time. Her creative journey still incisively inspires the expressive creativity of the current generation of artists. She issued her first line, the “Small Lune” collection, in the 1950s.
Gabriella Crespi Coffee Table