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Willy Rizzo coffee table bar `Alveo` for Mario Sabot, burl walnut & brass, 1970`s ca, Italian
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Willy Rizzo coffee table bar `Alveo` for Mario Sabot, burl walnut & brass, 1970`s ca, Italian

Code: 11289

Price: SOLD

Height: 35cm (13.8")     Width: 129cm (50.8")
Depth: 80cm (31.5")
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Willy Rizzo coffee table bar `Alveo`, rectangular, in burl walnut veneer with brass dry bar and brass detailed corners,1970`s ca, Italy.

This vintage table has been thoroughly cleaned respecting the original aged patina and is ready to use.

This large coffee table dry bar by Willy Rizzo was purchased directly from the original private owner in Italy. The table originally was retailed by the Italian company Mario Sabot from 1972.

The `Alveo` range combined Modernist designs with richly stained wood alongside brass for a warm and glamorous look. Added to this luxury there are the solid brass faceted corners, Rizzo`s trademark which turns his design into a jewel.

The `Alveo` design (translated as `riverbed`) has been published in several publications: the July/August 1972 issue of the design periodical Casa Vogue, Maison & Jardin, September issue 1973, page 131; and `Le retour de Willy Rizzo`, AD, number 86, September issue 2009, page 54. This Rizzo design was also exhibited at the 1973 Salone del Mobile in Milan.

This design is iconic of Rizzo`s glamourous designs of the period, combining Modernism with luxury materials like veneer & shiny metals. This combination makes this table a sculptural addition to a range of design schemes such as Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, Modernist, Minimalist, Industrial or Contemporary.

At the centre of the generous size walnut rectangular top there sits a dry bar/display area with a removable solid polished brass insert. There are additional sculptural details such as the faceted polished solid brass corners.

The top sits on a recessed plinth base giving a `floating` appearance which was a popular design feature of the time. The base has 4 new felt portions underneath to protect the floor below.

The handcrafted wood veneer is in quality burl walnut of a rich shade of brown/blonde colour. The wood is placed creating beautiful `butterfly` effect areas. The veneer has still a rich uniform colour and the original soft matt lacquer finish.

This vintage table is in very good condition for its age. The vintage patina has been preserved on the wood & metal surfaces. The structural frame is sound with no damages. The wood has uniformity of colour and a clean finish without watermarks to the top surface. There is light surface patina such as light scratches/marks but no cracks or large chips. The top surface finish is slightly rubbed & has become slightly matt with use, as expected for a vintage piece, but this effect is rather uniform. The brass corners are in good condition with some patina adding character. The removable brass dry bar compartment is in good condition and sound, with some rubbing and marks of wear in line with age & use.

Additional dimensions:

The plinth base has the following dimensions: Height: 19 cm, Width: 85 cm, Depth: 45.5 cm.

The dry bar in the centre has the following dimensions: Height: 12 cm, Width: 49.5 cm, Depth: 31.5cm.

Packing is offered free of charge. We take special professional care with packing. For safe transport t his piece would be wrapped in bubble wrap, foam & an outer layer of card. If necessary the internal dry bar could be removed and packed separately. We ship with reliable couriers (signed for, tracked & insured).


Willy Rizzo (1928 - 2013) was first known as the photographer to the stars. In the 1970`s he & his wife moved to Rome. They took the avant-garde step of converting a commercial space into an apartment. To fill this loft, Rizzo built his own furniture which became so popular with his friends that he eventually set up a workshop in Rome. Read more on our Roomscape Blog about Willy Rizzo furniture.

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