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Gabriella Crespi

Italian, b.1922

Born in 1922, Gabriella Crespi studies architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, where her work is permeated by her perspective on Le Corbusier’s and Frank Lloyd Wright’s design experience.

Since the 1950s, she has dedicated herself to the creation and worldwide circulation of furniture and other objects that balance design and sculptural abstraction.
Thanks to her always original conception and ideas, to the articulated forms that meet the needs of contemporary design, and to the amazing ability to transform objects by adding openings, closings, and changes in function, Gabriella Crespi has conquered the international scene in a short time. Her creative journey still incisively inspires the expressive creativity of the current generation of artists.

Crespi began her career as a designer in the 1950s with her first production of objects, the "Small Lune Collection", steel moon-shaped sculptures, in which the stylistic influences of time converge and are transformed. In the beginning of the 1960s, she established an enthusiastic creative relationship with Maison Dior, especially in the context of home and table accessories and, from the 1970s, with furniture.

In 2008, she created for Stella McCartney a limited reissue of some of her jewelry collection from the 1970s. The proceeds were donated to the Shree Baba Haidakhan Charitable and Research Hospital at Chilianaula, in the Himalayas, an institution specializing in eye care that was founded by Sri Muniraji, Gabriella’s spiritual advisor.

In 2011 Palazzo Reale dedicated the great anthology "The Sign and the Spirit" to Gabriella Crespi. The anthology was promoted by the Municipality of Milano-Cultura, sponsored by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and made possible thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of the Mediolanum Farmaceutici S.p.A. Group. It is a tribute to a prominent figure of Italian creativity who has left a permanent mark in the shape of the design culture of our time.