Willy Rizzo was an Italian photographer and furniture designer known for his portraits of princes, princesses, playboys, and starlets in the 1950s and 60s. Born in 1928 in Italy, he began shooting portraits at the age of 12 and in 1948, he was hired by Paris Match magazine, for whom he photographed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Fred Astaire, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso, among others. He went on to launch a furniture line in Rome in 1966, inspired by Modernists such as Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. His inaugural collection included steel-banded travertine dining tables and bronze table lamps, and today many of his pieces are exhibited in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. With an emphasis on clean lines and geometric forms, Rizzo’s tables, chairs, and accessories combined contemporary shapes with traditional materials – in contrast to many of his contemporaries, like Ettore Sottsass and Vico Magestretti, who were popularizing plastic, foam, and other synthetics in furniture production. Two examples of his most celebrated designs include the Alveo Coffee Table (1970s) for Mario Sabot and the circular Yin Yang Coffee Table (1970s). His plush sofas and geometric lamps also remain highly collectible today.