Bohemian 72
lounge chair, sofa, ottoman and floor lamp

design Gabriella Crespi, 1972

The Bohemian 72 collection brings together Gabriella Crespi's interest in natural materials, her fascination with stacked sculptural forms and her curiosity for Eastern cultures and philosophies, honed over years of travel. During her lifetime, these exclusive pieces were only produced for private clients, but today, 50 years after they were designed and the year Crespi would have turned 100, Gubi has worked from the designer's original drawings to bring an extraordinary collection of iconic furniture into production for the first time. Sleek, flexible and refined, the collection is the pinnacle of bohemian jet-set lounge living.

« I wanted to create the house of the sun. I couldn't resist doing it with rattan and bamboo, materials that I really like and which combine strength and flexibility, the warmth of soft tones and the ability to be penetrated by light. Very long rays give a sense of infinity and indeterminacy much like thickets of cane rising skyward do in nature. » - Gabriella Crespi

Composed of a lounge chair, a three-seater sofa, a pouf and a table lamp - all made of rattan - the Bohemian 72 collection embodies Crespi's goal throughout its career to create furniture that harmoniously unites indoor and outdoor living. She never allowed curtains or screens to block the natural flow of light or air and had what her daughter described as "a deep feeling for the cosmic energy of nature".

Crespi designed the four pieces in the spring of 1972, from the terrace of his house in Milan. Attracted to rattan for its solidity and versatility, she designed these pieces at a time when this material was very popular in the social circles where she evolved, considered the pinnacle of interior sophistication. However, his decision to use repeated layers of vertically wrapped rattan was unusual for its time and results in a distinctive and very luxurious approach to living room furniture that has proven truly timeless. Crespi's goal was to create a collection of flexible rattan furniture that would work just as well in the city as in the countryside, by the sea or up a mountain slope, breaking down the distinctions between indoors and outdoors where let it be placed.

Recreating Crespi's original designs requires a high level of craftsmanship, as the rattan canes must be steamed and then bent by hand around a die, specially made to the dimensions of his designs. Because it is a natural material, rattan standardization is a complex process, and the color, texture and dimension differ from vine to vine, introducing another level of skill into the production process.

In all four products, the bent rattan canes and bands are stained an antique color and finished with a gloss coating to ensure a uniform appearance and a rich, warm natural texture. Layers of cane form the bases of the lounge chair, sofa and ottoman. The table lamp has a lampshade formed by a vertical arrangement of rattan strips, with brass details. The pattern of stripes allows the lamp to cast a beautifully delicate interplay of light and shadow on the ground around it, evoking an atmosphere of rustic warmth and bohemian sophistication. Each piece in the collection can stand proudly alone or paired together as a set.

Each seat is surmounted by a generously plump cushion which perfectly matches the contour of the rattan structure, according to the original drawings by Crespi. Elegant in shape but extremely soft, they introduce an exceptional level of comfort to the collection, enhanced by the backrest of the lounge chair which is reclined at 115°.

Rattan construction means the Bohemian 72 collection is equally at home indoors, on a covered patio, or outside to make the most of a sunny afternoon. Suitable outdoor fabrics are also available for this collection.

Materials Floor Lamp rattan, brass detail Ottoman / Lounge Chair / Sofa rattan, foam, wadding
Dimensions Floor Lamp Ø45 x H45 cm Ottoman 70 x 70 x H43 cm

Lounge Chair 105 x 70 x H90 cm – seat height: 43 cm Sofa 210 x 105 x H90 cm – seat height: 43 cm

Light source E27 (non-included) Cable 200 cm

ottoman
from 1299 €

lounge chair
from 2299 €

sofa
from 4999 €

> Explore the fabrics and leathers

Examples:

Lupo Special Diagonal Bouclé fabric 007 (price group C)

Lupo Special Diagonal Bouclé fabric 007 (price group C)

Lupo Special Diagonal Bouclé fabric 007 (price group C)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 034 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 034 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 022 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 002 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 002 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 002 (price group D)

Chevron Outdoor fabric 008 (price group D)

Libera fabric 002 (price group D)

Libera fabric 002 (price group D)

Flair Special FR fabric 101 (price group B)

Flair Special FR fabric 101 (price group B)

Flair Special FR fabric 101 (price group B)

Linee fabric 1174 (price group B)

Linee fabric 1174 (price group B)

Lorkey fabric 40 (price group B)

Lorkey fabric 40 (price group B)

Lorkey fabric 40 (price group B)

floor lamp
999 €

Gabriella Crespi

Italian artist and designer Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) attracted a devoted following with her repertoire of over two thousand pieces, ranging from furniture to jewelry and sculptures, paired with an eclectic style that embraced both the whimsical organic and the formally geometric.

Born near Milan, Italy, Crespi spent her childhood in Tuscany and the Scottish Hebrides, before returning to Italy to study art at the Brera Academy in Milan. In 1944, she became one of the few women to enroll in the faculty of architecture of the Politecnico di Milano.

The collection that ignited her design career was the Small Lune Collection, a series of moon-shaped steel sculptures, which caught the attention of Maison Dior. The crescent motif would reappear in his sculptures and lighting designs throughout the 1960s and 1970s through its appeal to symbolism and spirituality.

She often cited the Swiss architect and designer Charles-Édouard "Le Corbusier" Jeanneret and the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright among her influences, although her work was less systematic and her approach more akin to that of a workshop in the Renaissance.

Crespi first begins by developing sketches and wax models for high-end collections of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories in her home, then brings them to life in limited quantities through her network of Italian skilled artisans, using noble materials and traditional handmade methods.

In the 1960s, Crespi had partnered with Maison Dior to design striking home furnishings. Channeling the spirit of mid-century design and exploring the flexibility of modern furniture, her designs from this era were notable for their clean forms and sumptuous material finishes. Her aesthetic was characterized by dualities, combining modernist functionality with an eye for the baroque, and oscillating between clean lines and sensuous curves.

The 1970s saw her conceive and develop a series of iconic designs, including her Z Desk and Z Bar (1972-1975); the Cabinet Menhir (1978); and the Ara table (1979), but above all the elegant Plurimo series (1970-1982), a collection of metamorphic furniture which she created in collaboration with her daughter Elisabetta - later additions to Plurimo include the Ellisse table (1976) and the Yang Yin Office (1979). These concept pieces experimented with changing shapes for multiple uses, incorporating retractable or multi-functional elements – for example, the split top of the gold coffee table pivots to serve drinks.

Her love of contrasts is also evident in her choice of materials. Although Crespi was drawn to woods and precious metals such as bronze and brass, she also appreciated the humility and versatility of rattan and bamboo. This affection perfectly matched the tastes of the high society of the 1970s, a period when rattan represented the height of sophistication. The many rattan furniture pieces produced by Crespi include the much admired Rising Sun Collection (1973-1975), which included chairs, a dining table, trays, screens, a cradle and the mushroom-shaped Fungo lamp (1973) .

Crespi effortlessly carved out a place for herself among European royalty and the Hollywood jet set, counting Audrey Hepburn, Gianni Versace and Hubert de Givenchy among her clients and social circle. Her unmistakable glamor and spontaneous sense of style made her a muse for fashion designer Valentino.

After decades of success, Crespi gave up her career and lifestyle at the height of her glory in 1987 to follow guru Shri Muniraji on a spiritual journey to the Himalayas. She stayed in India for almost 20 years and documented her experiences in the book "Ricerca di Infinito", published in 2007 when she returned to Milan after an accident prevented her from continuing her journey.

Adopting a slower pace and more spiritual approach, Crespi resumed her career as a designer during the last decade of her life. For example, she collaborated with Stella McCartney on a limited edition jewelry collection for charity in 2008. In 2011, a tribute to her artistic life took place in Milan. The anthology "The Sign and the Spirit" covered all areas of Crespi's creativity through her unique works of art, still jealously guarded among passionate collectors.

Crespi created an archive of her works in 2012, contributed to a retrospective exhibition with Sergio Rossi in 2013 and designed New Bronze Age - a series of new limited edition models presented by Galleria Rita Fancsaly in 2015. The Wave Desk was her final design, before her death in Milan on 14 February 2017.