Furniture Design

Aulenti, Gae (1927 - 2012)

The Italian designer who formally trained as an architect was one of the rare women to be recognized by the post-war design industry. She created elegant and sober furniture and interiors  like her now iconic Pipistrello lamp, designed in 1965. She also saved numerous buildings from destruction by transforming them into major institutions of the urban environment, one of the most famed example being the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris about which, she declared: 'I viewed the station as a place, a terrain where I could put a new architecture in place. The station was, of course, an historic monument, but it does not deserve all the respect given it when it is said it is a perfect, original and coherent expression of a past that we must revere.'

Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti commenting upon original exhibit materials, 2008
Gae Aulenti commenting upon original exhibit materials, 2008
Gae Aulenti during her solo show at PAC in Milan, 1979
Gae Aulenti during her solo show at PAC in Milan, 1979
Gae Aulenti sketch
Gae Aulenti sketch
Locus Solus lounge chair, 1964
Locus Solus lounge chair, 1964
Locus Solus dining set, 1964
Locus Solus dining set, 1964
Sgarsul rocker, 1962
Sgarsul rocker, 1962
Jumbo coffee table, 1964
Jumbo coffee table, 1964
Tea and coffee service, ca 1980
Tea and coffee service, ca 1980
Pileino lamp, 1972
Pileino lamp, 1972
King Sun table lamp, model #4045/5, 1967
King Sun table lamp, model #4045/5, 1967
Poveglia table lamp, 1965
Poveglia table lamp, 1965
Coffee table, 1978
Coffee table, 1978
Pipistrello lamp, 1966
Pipistrello lamp, 1966
Pipistrello lamp sketch
Pipistrello lamp sketch
Pileino floor lamp, 1972
Pileino floor lamp, 1972
La Ruspa table lamp, 1969
La Ruspa table lamp, 1969
April, 1964
April, 1964
Tavolo con ruote, 1980
Tavolo con ruote, 1980
Patroclo lamp, 1975
Patroclo lamp, 1975
Tour Table, 1993
Tour Table, 1993
Gaetano table, 1973
Gaetano table, 1973
Locus Solus chairs, 1964
Locus Solus chairs, 1964
Trepiù desk lamp, 1974
Trepiù desk lamp, 1974
Mezzo Oracolo lamp, 1969
Mezzo Oracolo lamp, 1969
Glass and steel table, 1975
Glass and steel table, 1975
Armchair, ca 1970
Armchair, ca 1970
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