CIRCA WHO: Gabriella Crespi

Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese designer, best known for her sculptural furniture designs of the 1960s and 1970s. She issued her first line, the “Small Lune” collection, in the 1950s.

Crespi studied at the Polytechnic in Milan, where she garnered a fascination with the seminal work of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Crespi’s life was an inspiring story of self-reinvention, one that included a 20-year spiritual sojourn in the Indian Himalayas bookended by fabulous success in the design world.

Crespi made beautifully handcrafted objects and furniture, sensational Wunderkammern with a sleek, futuristic aesthetic smoothed by a profound sentiment for the cosmic power of nature.

A mix between Mid-Century Modern and Art Nouveau, her lamps, coffee tables, and desks utilize futuristic, Minimalist forms of intersecting golden brass slabs, ovals, and planes.

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