9 999.99 EUR
A pair of signed Willy Rizzo lounge chairs finished in suede with stainless steel bases. These are very early examples which were produced by Studio Willy Rizzo in Rome in 1969, recognized by the Willy Rizzo signature in the fabric. This design featured prominently in the prestigious Italian design periodical Casa Vogue throughout the early to mid-1970s, including a feature on Rizzo and Elsa Martinelli´s own home in St. Tropez, France in the October 1974 issue which illustrates this design. These chairs have had their upholstery completely renovated including new seat support strapping, new foam, and suede upholstery according to the original specifications. The Willy Rizzo signatures from the original upholstery have been carefully cut from the original worn fabric and sown to the underside of each chair. Willy Rizzo was best known as a photographer. He began his illustrious 20 year career with Paris Match in 1948, which lead to him photographing some of the greatest names of the period. Rizzo was married to Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, which gave him unparalleled access to the star names of the period and his cornucopia of sitters would include among others Brigitte Bardot, Sofia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Le Corbusier. His color portrait of Winston Churchill made the cover of Paris Match. Herge even based the character of Paris-Flash photographer Walter Rizotto in Tintin’s adventure ´´The Castafiore Emerald´´ on Rizzo. In the late 1960s, Rizzo focused instead on furniture design, opening the Studio Willy Rizzo in Rome. His designs quickly enjoyed considerable success. His imagination and severe neoclassical style defined the Italian design style between 1965 and 1980. In the last few years there have been several major Willy Rizzo retrospective exhibitions held in New York,London, Monte Carlo, and recently an exhibition in Paris on Rizzo´s work on Le Corbusier.