Gabriella Crespi

Happy Monday, everyone! We wanted to start out the week with a post about one of our furniture designer idols, Gabriella Crespi. If you haven’t heard her name before, you’ll probably recognize her singular pieces. Crespi is one of those legendary design women whose social accolades equally measure up to her talent as both a jewelry and furniture designer. Initially studying architecture at Politecnico Institute in Milan, she credits Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright as two of her idols. Gabriella’s ability to transcend the early modernism principle of “form follows function” into multi-functional yet glamorous furniture pieces have made her works some of the most valued in mid-century design today. Below, the glamorous designer standing with two of her pyramid sculptures in her Italian studio.

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This is the piece (above) that began my love affair with all things Gabriella Crespi. The “Rising Sun” bamboo dining table, when not in use, can be transformed into two demi-lune consoles. Multi-functional and so, so chic.

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One of Gabriella’s most famous pieces is her Z desk. Here (above, left) it’s seen featured in Aerin Lauder’s Manhattan dressing room. We love the combination of the polished brass and the hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper.

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I think one of the main reasons I admire Gabriella Crespi’s work is its ability to merge with a wide array of styles. In this living room two Crespi stools provide a nice contrast to both traditional and industrial elements without looking out of place.

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 A Gabriella Crespi “Elisse” coffee table takes center stage in the living room of music artist turned designer Lenny Kravitz. Again we see the idea of multi-functionality with the incorporation of brass partitions that can be extended to provide a place for a cocktail or retracted to allow for more space. So genius!

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Two more of her designs: Left, a wicker dining table. Right, a set of Lucite and Brass nesting tables. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to incorporate some of Gabriella’s pieces in my own home. Until then, I’ll be regularly browsing 1st dibs waiting for that day to come!