Gabriella Crespi ‘Cubo Magico’ Coffee Table in Brass

$78,000.00 USD
$78,000.00 USD

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Gabriella Crespi, 'Cubo Magico' coffee table, brass, Italy, 1970.

The ‘Cubo Magico’ was designed by Gabriella Crespi as part of the 'Plurimi’ series. This line got off the ground in the early 1970s and obtained its name ‘Plurimi’ as tribute to her friend Emilio Vedova, a Venetian painter known for his Abstract Expressionist paintings. The designs are characterized by functional objects with a metamorphic soul that embraced both functionality and poetical compositions. Her play on volumes and forms allowed her to create pieces that fulfilled practical needs, while still being eccentric and stylish. The constructions are based on movement and concealment facilitating unexpected alterations and variety of uses, like a magic box. The ‘Cubo Magico’ embodies a cubic shaped design with four rectangular extension leaves, each positioned on a different height, that can be pulled out from either side of the furniture’s main corpus. The surface of the coffee table is finished with brass that holds a beautiful reflective quality, onto which the light reflects in a sophisticated manner. The presence of extendable leaves and casters underneath make this a versatile and mobile coffee table that is designed according to a refined and streamlined principle that applies to this series. The piece is stamped with her signature stating ‘Gabriella Crespi, BREV, 247’.

Gabriella Crespi was born in Milan on 17 February 1922 and grew up in an energetic and cultivated family environment. Her father Gabriele Pellini was an engineer working in an industrial firm while her mother Emma Caimi Pellini designed jewels for the Parisian Haute-Couture between 1940’s and 50’s. Crespi graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, where she developed pragmatic techniques. She acquired skill in mastering volumes, construction, and ergonomics, while she also loved sculpting and drawing. Her career took off in 1964 when she opened her first showroom in Rome at Palazzo Cenci, where she presented her contemporary collections. Crespi did not design objects for the mass-industry. On the contrary, her oeuvre embodied signed and numbered pieces in limited editions for exclusive clients. The designer created interiors for clients that included the Princess of Monaco, the Shah of Iran, the King of Saudi Arabia and other affluent figures in Europe. She experimented with rare and expensive materials and opted for a combination of exotic materials (such as bamboo, wood, and rattan) and rigor materials (like polished brass) to create furniture that was “full of life”. For her, the juxtaposition of these materials “unites strength and flexibility.” She drew inspiration from nature in which she saw a symbolic value. “My creations are meant to bring mankind closer to the universe”, stated Crespi. At the beginning of her design journey, she took the universe, the movement of celestial bodies, at the center of her inventions. Her first theme regarding the planet ‘Moon’ Crespi’s furniture objects demonstrated her devotion for the cosmos. The co-occurrence of steel and brass reminded her of the stars in the sky, at night. From 1985 onwards, Crespi decided to take part in a spiritual quest for 25 years and took distance from her profession as designer. She would spend the next two decades of her life in a Himalayan retreat. The multitalented designer and artist eventually died in 2017 in Milan.

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Gabriella Crespi (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1970
  • dimensions Height 18.51 in. Width 23.63 in. Depth 23.63 in.
  • dimensions Height 47 cm Width 60 cm Depth 60 cm
  • material Brass
  • origin Italy
  • period 1970-1979
  • style Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Barcode 50111536