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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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Wonderful Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet
By Aldo Tura
Located in Munich, DE
the nicest and most elegant aldo tura bar cabinet we know. goes with every interior. comes from the estate of an great aldo tura collector.
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin, Glass, Wood

  • Wonderful Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet
  • Wonderful Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet
  • Wonderful Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet
  • Wonderful Aldo Tura Bar Cabinet
H 51.19 in. W 31.5 in. D 15.36 in.
Aldo Tura Golden Goatskin Leather Brass Ice Bucket & Tongs Italy 1950s Milano
By Macabo, Aldo Tura
Located in National City, CA
For your pleasure: Aldo Tura Golden Goatskin leather wrapped with brass ice bucket & matching brass tongs Italy 1950s Macabo Cusano Milano maker stamp present. Dimensions: 6 H x 6....
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Brass

Aldo Tura for Macabo Carafe Pitcher Lacquered Goatskin and Brass, 1940s, Italy
By Macabo, Aldo Tura
Located in National City, CA
Listed for you: Aldo Tura made in Italy by Macabo circa 1940s in Goatskin Parchment and brass lovely Carafe Pitcher Italy Carafe with original matching lid DImensions:12 height x 5...
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Brass

Aldo Tura Sculpture, Red, Cream, Geometric, Lacquered Goatskin, Signed
By Aldo Tura
Located in New York, NY
Aldo Tura geometric sculpture, lacquered goatskin, red, cream, signed. Small to medium scale two-piece wood table sculpture covered in lacquered goatskin with geometric forms: ball a...
Category

1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin

Amazing Set of Two Aldo Tura Tables
By Aldo Tura
Located in Munich, DE
Rare set - amazing color - a must have!
Category

1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin

  • Amazing Set of Two Aldo Tura Tables
  • Amazing Set of Two Aldo Tura Tables
  • Amazing Set of Two Aldo Tura Tables
  • Amazing Set of Two Aldo Tura Tables
H 15.36 in. W 29.93 in. D 17.72 in.
Petit Lacquered Goatskin and Brass Serving Table/Bar Cart by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in London, GB
A compact two tiered serving table by Aldo Tura, in dark lacquered goatskin and gilt brass.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Tura

Materials

Brass

Aldo Tura Nesting Tables Brown Goatskin, 1960s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Munich, DE
Set of three Aldo Tura nesting tables in lacquered goatskin and mahogany legs. This particular set was executed, circa 1960 and is in perfect condition. Along with artists like Piero...
Category

1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin, Mahogany

  • Aldo Tura Nesting Tables Brown Goatskin, 1960s
  • Aldo Tura Nesting Tables Brown Goatskin, 1960s
  • Aldo Tura Nesting Tables Brown Goatskin, 1960s
  • Aldo Tura Nesting Tables Brown Goatskin, 1960s
H 16.15 in. W 19.89 in. D 11.82 in.
Italian Midcentury Bar Cart or Trolley in Lacquered Goatskin by Aldo Tura, 1960s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Clivio, Varese
Gorgeous bar cart or trolley made of lacquered goatskin in creme and gilt metal. Made by Aldo Tura, Italy during the 1960s. Allover very good condition, no defects. The rollers ha...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Metal

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