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Mid-Century Maven

Twentieth Century Design aficionado Emma de Crespigny launches her much-anticipated C20 Galerie, an interiors destination that blends the old and the new in seamless fashion. From original 20th century pieces to handcrafted interpretations of the classics, de Crespigny brings her undeniable talent and craftsmanship to the forefront of Cape Town’s design industry.

Emma de Crespigny

With a Masters in History of Decorative Art and Design from Parsons, in conjunction with the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, Emma de Crespigny is an expert collector and producer of a wide range of desirable interior objet, ranging from furniture to glassware. Her recently opened C20 Galerie, located in Cape Town’s trendy Woodstock precinct, functions as both shop and showroom, targeting architects, interior designers and collectors, as well as members of the public. The galerie is open weekdays and by appointment.

De Crespigny recently relocated from New York to Cape Town to open her new destination store. After a ten-year apprenticeship to a prominent 20th century dealer in Manhattan, de Crespigny has developed a keen eye for rare and obscure pieces. The distinguishing feature of the aptly named C20 Galerie is the inclusion of truly unique and original 20th century pieces from France, Germany, North America and Italy. World renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, who designs for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, describes Galerie as ‘an impressive collection of vintage furniture’, stating that ‘anyone in the market for period modern furnishings and accessories can certainly find happiness in (this) store’.

On top of her skilful acquisition of collectables, De Crespigny is a gifted designer with the ability to modify or reproduce valuable and rare pieces, making them affordable and accessible to the public. C20 Galerie also boasts an on-site collection of books and original catalogues, allowing collectors and design enthusiasts to look forward to a wide array of products, both antique and made-to-order, such as Art Deco wallpaper, custom upholstery, lighting and ceramics. All this makes C20 Galerie an invaluable addition to the design scene in Cape Town, and de Crespigny is set to become a prominent name in the industry. 

For more info see or call Emma De Crespigny on 082 414 0317.