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Aldo Tura

One of the most enigmatic and polarizing figures to emerge in Italian design, Aldo Tura is an outlier in the world of mid-century furniture. The designer’s glamorous bar carts, coffee tables, cabinets and more resist categorization and draw inspiration from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Surrealist and modernist styles.

Tura moved through distinct phases in his career in terms of aesthetics, influences and finishes, rendering his life’s work exciting and diverse. Despite these phases, he held a singular devotion to one material: lacquered goatskin. Tura established a furniture production house in 1939 in Lombardy, and some of his early work focused on tables, decorative lamps and more. He later expanded to bar furnishings like rolling carts, cabinets and complementary barware accessories like ice buckets and cocktail shakers. The eccentric, gleaming and luxe surface of lacquered goatskin was a constant, along with eggshell, parchment and leather.

By the 1950s, Tura had begun to use hand-painted figural panels on the surface of cabinets, serveware (such as carafes) and other pieces. He even replicated famous works by artists like Monet and Bruegel the Elder and art from the Middle Ages, sometimes playfully embedding the paintings on cabinets shaped like oversize books. Even though he had a favored color palette of rich chocolate browns and deep emeralds, his style remained consistently hard to define.

Tura was unlike most of his Italian contemporaries but held a similar reverence for the nation’s traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. He never followed the growing trend of mass-produced, industrial furniture and stuck to creating small, meticulously handcrafted collections. This principled choice means that today, a Tura piece is a rare and highly coveted collectible. The Tura firm continues to operate in Brianza, promoting Italian craftsmanship and the eclectic materials embraced by their namesake designer.

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Aldo Tura Bar Cart, Italy
By Aldo Tura
Located in San Francisco, CA
Aldo Tura bar cart, Italy. Decorative drinks cart made with a brass frame and parchment wrapped shelves on wheels. Ready to install and enjoy.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Brass

Aldo Tura Bar Cart, Italy
Aldo Tura Bar Cart, Italy
H 26 in W 34 in D 15 in
Aldo Tura, Bar Cart, Red Goatskin, Italian Midcentury / Hollywood Regency
By Aldo Tura
Located in Stockholm, SE
Two story bar cart by italian designer Aldo Tura. In wood with colored goatskin and transparant lacquer. Aldo Tura (1909-1963) began manufacturing his signature furniture in the ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Aldo Tura

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Brass

Mid-Century Aldo Tura Parchment Covered Pedestal Bar Light Up Mirrored Interior
By Aldo Tura
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1960s pedestal style bar designed by Aldo Tura is in the form of a large stemmed goblet made of wood covered in goatskin parchment. The body of the bar is decorated all the way...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Tura

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Brass

Large goatskin coffee table with mirrored bar by Aldo Tura, Italy, 1970s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Lyon, FR
Gorgeous coffee table by the Italian master Aldo Tura, made in Italy in the 1970s. Large coffee table with two-tiered wooden base covered with two-tones goatskin parchment, entirely ...
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1970s Italian Art Deco Vintage Aldo Tura

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Goatskin, Wood

Aldo Tura Decorative Bar Set in Carved Wood and Brass, Macabo, Italy 1950s
By Macabo, Aldo Tura
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful bar set in carved wood and brass. This lovely set was designed by Aldo Tura and produced by Macabo in Milano, Italy during the 1950s. The set consist of a pitcher, 6 glass...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Metal, Brass

Aldo Tura Lacquered Goatskin and Brass Pipe Form Bar Cart, 1960s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Coronado, CA
A fantastic pipe form bar cart by Aldo Tura in dyed and lacquered goatskin and brass detailing, circa 1960s. The large brass lidded pipe head serves as bottle storage or a wine/champ...
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1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Aldo Tura

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Brass

Aldo Tura Goatskin Lacquered Coffee Table
By Aldo Tura
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Coffee table by Aldo Tura, c.1960s, Italy. This rectangular tiered coffee table features a parchment goatskin table top with a smooth lacquered finish. The table showcases a mirrored...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Goatskin, Lacquer, Mirror

Aldo Tura Goatskin Lacquered Coffee Table
Aldo Tura Goatskin Lacquered Coffee Table
H 15.25 in W 55 in D 31.5 in
Two Tier Rolling Cart by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in Stamford, CT
A two tier rolling bar cart having green lacquered goatskin shelves and polished high quality brass galleries. Corallo, Italy
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1970s Italian Vintage Aldo Tura

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Brass

Two Tier Rolling Cart by Aldo Tura
Two Tier Rolling Cart by Aldo Tura
H 21.25 in W 13.75 in D 13.75 in
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Aldo Tura furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Aldo Tura furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of animal skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Aldo Tura furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Aldo Tura were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Archimede Seguso, Seguso Vetri d'Arte, and Piero Fornasetti. Prices for Aldo Tura furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $202 and can go as high as $45,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,393.

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