Presenting the outstanding photographs and furniture of Italian-born bon vivant Willy Rizzo, premiere nominee for the 2009 Excellent People Awards for Outstanding Acheivement in Excellency, Design Division. Excellent Willy Rizzo exhibition currently on view at Mallett, Antique Dealers of Distinction in London and New York, sponsored by Mallet and Paul Smith, also Excellent in his own right. Nomination submission by an anonymous reader of The Excellent People, discreetly, at TheExcellentPeople@gmail.com.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin as photograped by Willy Rizzo. Image via exhibition Mattett catalgoue

The Excellent Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin, 1965, Paris, as photographed by Willy Rizzo. "I invited them to my studio without making them aware of each other's presence, as they were not then on very friendly terms. They mellowed later."


Christian Dior, 1949, Atelier Dior. "The revolution of the New Look in fashion. Christian Dior lengthened skirts; scandalous. This photo became famous everywhere." An indisputably Outstanding Achievement in Excellency.


Salvidor Dali, 1950. "When I arrived at his place, I searched the apartment to find the best angle for the shot, but his face was so spectacular that when he asked me 'What are we going to do?' I picked up the magnifying glass from the desk and just photographed him." Very Excellent close-up.

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More Excellency photographed by Willy Rizzo, various years.


Circular revolving coffee table. Cloudy brown lacquer with brass basin designed by Willy Rizzo. Height: 13 in (34cm). Depth: 45 in (115cm). This table is found in a number of colors and in steel. Excellent options.

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Decor by Willy Rizzo.

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Additional decor by Willy Rizzo.


The Excellent game of backgammon. Tric trac table by Willy Rizzo. Game table with reversible top and drawer. The board in leather. The reversible top framed in steel and brass. Height: 30 in (76cm). Width: 33in (85cm). Depth: 33in. (85cm). All previous Excellent images via the Mallett Willy Rixxo exhibition catalogue. To view, copy and paste http://viewer.zmags.co.uk/publication/1c0d4223#/1c0d4223/1

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  1. Doug Meyer says:

    I would like to nominate Faye Toogood for the Excellent People Award – see http://www.studiotoogood.com

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