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Romeo Rega

Added 09 March 2013 at 09:38

Romeo Rega ( Rome 1925- 1984) was part of a pack of Italian designers combining inventiveness & elegance with strong modernist influence in the 1970`s.

A furniture designer and iron forger he opened his first shop in the 1940`s in Trastevere, Rome, mostly designing in wrought iron.

He opened his Studio in 1957 and came to fame and the attention of international celebrities when in 1959 he was commissioned by Cinecitta to design the chariots for the film Ben Hur.

In the 1970`s working with Willy Rizzo & Gabriella Crespi they championed `Modernist Glam` which is very much in vogue today. Rega`s pieces fit well either with an Antique Decor or Contemporary surroundings, such as Roomscape`s latest find, this signed coffee table .

The trademark Romeo Rega with the double `R`s was first used on New Years Eve 1969, symbolic of the turn to the 70`s. The company manufactured until 1981.

This coffee table with dry bar attributed to Romeo Rega, has many of the design features of the classic Italian pedestal "floating" table of the 1970`s, mostly designed and made popular by Willy Rizzo, and produced by companies such as Romeo Rega & Cidue. This table is signed (acid etched) "Class Mark", a division of Nazaret Italy.

Rega’s furniture is characterized by geometric shapes and reduced forms. His designs are almost always mirrored, gilded, chromed or brass-plated, which adds the allure and elegance that Rega is known for, to his clean-lined modernist pieces. 

Although there is little verifiable information, some sources believe that Rega worked with designer-to-the-stars Willy Rizzo and prolific designer Gabriella Crespi, as all three designers espouse very similar aesthetics. 

With many entertainment-focused pieces, such as coffee tables with display space and liquor cabinets, occasional tables, etageres, and decorative table lamps, Rega’s work is popular among lovers of Hollywood Regency and 1970s design.

This vintage Romeo Rega dining table , is a rare large piece with original bronze mirrored top.

Romeo Rega picture courtesy of Romeorega.com.

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