This Cult Furniture Designer’s Rare 1970s Rattan Collection Is Finally Released to the Public

So, with all that in mind, we have some exciting news:

In honor of what would have been the Milanese designer’s 100th birthday, Danish brand Gubi is producing a rare Crespi collection, “Bohemian 72,” with permission from her estate.

“Bohemian” is a series of rattan and bamboo furniture that’s rarely been seen by the wider world. At the time of their original debut in the 70s, Crespi only made them for private clients. Yet, armed with her original drawings, Gubi painstakingly recreated the pieces alongside Elisabetta. They’ll be available to order in mid-March.

Inspired by one of the central tenets of the mid-century modern movement—a natural flow between indoor and outdoor spaces—Crespi envisioned a series that fit such a lifestyle. So from her sun-drenched Milan patio in the spring of 1972, she crafted it herself. “I wanted to create the house of the sun, she previously said of Bohemian 72. “I couldn’t help but do it with rattan and bamboo, materials of which I’m very fond and that combine strength and flexibility, the warmth of mellow tones, and the ability to be run through by light. Very long spokes give an impression of the infinite and indeterminate just as cane thickets that rise toward the sky do in nature.”

The three-seater sofa and ottoman.Photo: Courtesy of Gubi

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