About Gabriella Crespi and her comeback

Blog Ethnic Chic About Gabriella Crespi

A famous interior designer from the 60’s and 70’s is making a comeback. After decades out of the picture, she suddenly appeared with new designs at Salone del Mobile last year. Getting back into business at the age of 93 is what only an incredibly talented women can achieve. Read the story about Gabriella Crespi.

Love for design

In the early 1970’s Crespi was a glamorous designer with a sophisticated, excellent taste who created interiors for friends and clients like the princess of Monaco and the king of Saudi Arabia. Her great attention to details and love for hand finishings resulted in designing great pieces, never for mass production. With her signature furniture of bamboo, brass and wood she became soon an icon.

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Rising Jet-Set

The Hollywood glamour and Jet-Set elegance of that generation was captured in her designs. She had a major hit with her ‘Rising Sun’ Collection and her polished brass coffee table ‘Ellisse’ is nowadays worth a $150,000 (see picture below). But right in the middle of her career, she suddenly stopped. Something made her stop working with all the craft and design, leaving the social Jet-Set world from one day to another.

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From Italy to the Himalayans

Inspired by the spiritual Himilayans, she followed her new guru into the mountains. She left everything, gone with the wind and only stayed in touch with her children. Believing her cycle as designer was finished, that her phase was ended, she started her ‘new life’. The next 20 years she spend in silence and on spiritual level.

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The Comeback

Her daughter, 61 years old Elisabetta, says she changed identities. From Jet-Set to spiritual. Crespi loved her life in the mountains, she was happy without any luxury and she didn’t miss anything. But that is until recently.

Blog Ethnic Chic About Gabriella Crespi

Crespi is 93 years old and decided to make her comeback. From brass to bronze she presents now the “New Bronze Age”. Crespi’s new Puzzle table, in collaboration with architect Franco Deboni, that features bronze and inlaid blue Murano glass that look like they are traced with leaves.

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This women is full of surprises, it’s good to have her back: “Challenges never discouraged me. My desire to go on was stronger than my fear of failing.”

 

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