I adore all things Willy Rizzo and still marvel at his ability to be one of the greatest photographers and a fantastic furniture designer at the same time. This beautiful gaming table is very rare and is a fabulous example of his timeless designs. I love the use of chrome and brass and the sculptural chairs with their dark cognac leather seats are perfection(chairs have been recently recovered in top grade leather). On one side of the table top is a chess board with dark chocolate enamel while on the other is a cognac leather top for card games. This is a very glamourous set that would make a living room. Imagine the fun you would have around this table. It was manufactured by the fabulous firm Jean Charles for Willy Rizzo and is in excellent condition.
Fittingly, Rizzo’s first furniture commission came from Ghighi Cassini, the American Hearst newspaper columnist and socialite who coined the term “jet set” to describe the socialites and socialite lifestyle that Fellini immortalised in La Dolce Vita. Willy’s work for Cassini effortlessly blended neoclassicism with modern styles and its success brought a swathe of high-society to him.
Salvador Dali commissioned a number of pieces, as did Brigitte Bardot for the interior of her home, La Madrague, in St. Tropez. Being a consummate playboy of the era, Rizzo’s client list is testament to how close his furniture was to the mark. By 1968, Willy’s work was in constant demand, leading to the setting up of his own firm and the establishment of a factory just outside Rome. Over the subsequent ten years, Rizzo designed and produced more than thirty pieces of furniture, including the famous steel-banded travertine dining tables and bronze table lamps, all of which were handmade. He opened boutiques across France and Europe and had stores in New York, Miami and Los Angeles but in 1978, Rizzo gave it all up to return to photography, his first love. Designers from around the world covet his designs are lucky to still be able to buy his legendary piece.
PRICE: 8500 GBP for Table AND Four Chairs