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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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Average Sold Price
$3,228
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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

Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Italian dry bar or cocktail cabinet by Aldo Tura. Along with artists like Piero Fornasetti and Carlo Bugatti, Aldo Tura definitely belonged to the mavericks of Italian design. Whe...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Metal

  • Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura
  • Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura
  • Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura
  • Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura
H 19.69 in. W 21.66 in. D 21.66 in.
Aldo Tura Malachite Color Nesting Tables
By Aldo Tura
Located in San Francisco, CA
Set of three Aldo Tura nesting tables in lacquered goatskin and tanned pearwood legs. This particular set was executed in a rare malachite color, circa 1960 and is in great condition...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Malachite

  • Aldo Tura Malachite Color Nesting Tables
  • Aldo Tura Malachite Color Nesting Tables
  • Aldo Tura Malachite Color Nesting Tables
  • Aldo Tura Malachite Color Nesting Tables
H 16.25 in. W 27 in. D 14.5 in.
Midcentury Italian Sideboard in Beige Lacquered Goat Skin by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in Berlin, DE
Midcentury sideboard in beige lacquered goat skin by Aldo Tura Sideboard with two hinged doors designed by Aldo Tura and produced in Italy in the 1970s. Wood covered with goatskin ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Aldo Tura

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Goatskin

Rare Italian Bar Cabinet on Wheels Cart by Aldo Tura, 1960s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Unique Mid century bar cabinet by Aldo Tura. Made from high quality wood with brass wheels and handles and features a decorative Bruegel (painter) scene. The door has a lacquer...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Brass

Aldo Tura Lacquered Goat Skin Chest of Drawers, Circa 1970
By Aldo Tura
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Aldo Tura Lacquered goat skin chest of drawers, Circa 1970.
Category

20th Century Italian Modern Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin

Luxury Aldo Tura Sculptural Ice Bucket in Goatskin & Brass 1960s Italy
By Aldo Tura
Located in National City, CA
Ice Bucket Luxurious Aldo Tura sculptural Italian ice bucket in goatskin & brass, ITALY 1960s Interior of bucket is lustrous gold Elegant sculptural goatskin with a brass handle. St...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

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Brass

Aldo Tura Lacquered Goatskin Pyramidal Ice Bucket Sculpture
By Aldo Tura
Located in Seattle, WA
A rare Aldo Tura design, ice bucket is covered in lacquered goatskin in a creamy color with a gorgeous overall patina. The container itself is white plastic. The pyramid-shape provid...
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1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin

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Aldo Tura furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture Aldo Tura are available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Aldo Tura collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 364 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Aldo Tura were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Cesare Lacca, Willy Rizzo and Atelier Tura if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Aldo Tura furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $116 and tops out at $45,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,200 on average.

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