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Italian Design: Wave Desk at Salone del Mobile 2016Monday 21 March 2016
Written by Marta Abrunhosa
Italian Design is world trendsetter that produced some of the greatest furniture designers in the world, such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. CovetED Magazine includes in this list Gabriella Crespi as well. Let us see what the designer will present this spring in Milan during Salone del Mobile.
Established by Rita Fancsaly in 1993, the gallery is located in Milano, in the Brera district, a few meters from the Accademia di Brera. It presents a high selection of masterpieces of design, mostly Italian, with a special interest for the designers active in the period between 1930 and 1990.
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For the first time after her departure to India about 30 years ago, the artist has realized an extraordinary desk in polished brass, named “Wave Desk“. This new piece features a sinuous shape that naturally fits in with Crespi’s purest and most significant works. Crafted by the same artisans who have always assisted her in her most ambitious projects, this sumptuous piece of furniture, based on sketches from the 1970s that were never brought to life, will be produced in a limited numbered series of 5 + 1 artist’s proof.
The “New Bronze Age” continues in 2016 with the presentation of three well-known Crespi’s works, made with new bronze inserts and new inlays.
What do we know about the designer?
Gabriella Crespi was the wife of Giuseppe Maria Crespi, part of one of the richest family in Italy, with a huge textile empire and owners of the Italian major newspaper. However, the designer did not have a factory or even a studio. She made detailed drawings of her ideas and brought them to skilled Milanese artisans, woodworkers and metal smiths. Gabriella Crespi used a vast range of materials: metal, especially brass, bamboo, ivory, wood and marble to shells and gemstones.
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