Fifty years later, this archived rattan seat is finally available to the public
From couture fashion to exotic sports cars, we often turn to Italy in search of the most meticulously crafted lifestyle luxury. Milan, in particular, comes to mind for producing globally recognized arbiters of style, so when Danish design brand Gubi decided to expand their outdoor furniture assortment, collaborating with a Milanese designer was an obvious choice. In March, the brand will launch Bohemian 72, a collection in partnership with Archivio Gabriella Crespi.
Not only is Gubi honoring what would have been designer Crespi’s 100th anniversary, but she’s bringing back some of her iconic ’70s pieces that were once only available to her private clients. Crespi’s interest in natural elements, fascination with stacked sculptural forms and curiosity about the world are resurrected with the rattan-centric reveal of Bohemian 72. The star of the new line is easily the three-seater sofa, built on a tinted cane base with a gloss finish and topped with an elegant yet supremely soft cream colored cushion. There’s also a lounge chair, ottoman and floor lamp with brass detailing, all available online and in stores from mid-March.
Gubi worked from Crespi’s original designs to put these designs into production for the first time, 50 years after they were conceptualized (she designed them in the spring of 1972 from the terrace of her home in Milan, naturally). When the pieces were originally designed, rattan was considered the pinnacle of interior sophistication, but Crespi’s choice to layer the coiled rods vertically was a novel approach, resulting in a timeless approach to living room furniture. (Even in 2022, sculptural objects are considered totally chic.)
Indoors, outdoors, in an urban loft or on a seaside balcony, the revived finds will lend Italian elegance to any space. But Crespi’s legacy doesn’t have to end there. While waiting for the big launch date, snag a few smaller rattan accessories to complete the bohemian vibe.