Georgia O’Keeffe, Gabriella Crespi and many more: the great ladies of art and design inspire the debut of this season’s collection

While gender equity has become a bigger part of the conversation across all sectors of design and architecture, the historic contributions of female designers are often still overshadowed by their male peers. Many design brands have turned to pioneering female artists and designers to inspire new collections launching this spring. During Women’s History Month and beyond, these eclectic sets of new works recall legacy personalities whose production deserves continued study, exploration and celebration. The ways in which this can happen are exciting and surprising, as the five timely cases below demonstrate.

Gabriella Crespi x Gubi

Gabrielle Crespi.

Photograph courtesy of Archivio Gabriella Crespi

For its new Bohemian 72 collection, Gubi turned to the laid-back rattan furniture creations of prolific Milanese artist and designer Gabriella Crespi, which feel as fresh today as they did when they were first used. written about 50 years ago. “We share many common values ​​with what Gabriella Crespi represented: curiosity, courage and creativity,” explains Marie Kristine Schmidt, CMO of Gubi. This collaboration marks the first time that the late designer’s original rattan creations will be in production for the public. (The Bohemian 72 sofa, pouf, lounge chair and floor lamp had been made before, but only for Grespi’s own customers.) Gubi collaborated with Archivio Gabriella Crespi and Elisabetta Crespi, Gabriella’s daughter, who “ensured the original expression of the design,” says Schmidt. Crespi, who would have celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, “was eclectic and sophisticated, and the more you get to know its history and work, the more you realize how relevant it is today. today,” says Schmidt.

The collaboration between Gubi and Gabriella Crespi marks the first time that the late designer’s original rattan creations will be in production for the public.

Photograph courtesy of Gubi

Madeleine Castaing x House of Hackney

There were few decorating rules that French design legend Madeleine Castaing wasn’t afraid to defy. (Leopard print, to begin with, was considered a neutral in her palettes.) And if well-mannered women rarely make history, as they say, then Castaing is proof: she continues to be a muse for a lot, even 30 years after his death. at the age of 97. More recently, the self-taught designer and art patron is a fitting inspiration for the latest House of Hackney launch, given that the British brand has a particularly deft touch at revisiting the historically informed maximalist pattern set. Reflecting Castaing’s love of plants, the new range of fabrics and wallpapers includes options such as the ivy-climbing Hedera and the verdant Bryher Rose Trellis. When paired with exuberant accessories, such as House of Hackney’s Ananas pineapple-shaped lamp, these designs pay fitting homage to Castaing’s heritage of spectacularly daring interiors.

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