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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
$3,329
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Materials
Aldo Tura Lacquered Goatskin Pyramid Ice Bucket or Wine Cooler Sculpture
By Aldo Tura
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An exceptional example of an uncommon Aldo Tura design, this pyramid form wine cooler or ice bucket comprises a lacquered goatskin parchment body with a lacquered mahogany underside,...
Category

20th Century Italian Modern Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin, Plastic, Mahogany

Parchment Thermos Design Aldo Tura for Macabo from Cusano Milanino, 1950s
By Aldo Tura, Macabo
Located in taranto, IT
Splendid example of a thermos made from Macabo from Cusano Milanino, Aldo Tura design, 1950s made of wood with parchment coating, typical of the production of Tura It measures ...
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Wood, Parchment Paper

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

Materials

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...
Category

1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Goatskin

Lacquered Wood and Brass Walnuts Holding Basket by Aldo Tura, Italy, 1950s
By Aldo Tura
Located in Rome, IT
Rare handmade piece by the Italian wood master Aldo Tura, made of lacquered wood and brass.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Brass

Newspaper Rack by Aldo Tura
By Aldo Tura
Located in New York, NY
Elegant newspaper rack designed and signed by Aldo Tura. Wood plated with deep blue goatskin and nickeled metal.
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Metal

  • Newspaper Rack by Aldo Tura
  • Newspaper Rack by Aldo Tura
  • Newspaper Rack by Aldo Tura
  • Newspaper Rack by Aldo Tura
H 22 in. W 20.5 in. D 14 in.
Fish Bottle Dispenser Hand Carved Wood & Metal Aldo Tura for Macabo Italy 1950s
By Aldo Tura, Macabo
Located in Rome, IT
1950s fish shaped bottle dispenser in hand-carved wood featuring metal details by the Italian designer Aldo Tura for Macabo.
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Tura

Materials

Metal

1960s Aldo Tura Mid-Century Modern Goatskin and Brass Ashtray
By Aldo Tura
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A rare ashtray handcrafted in Italy in the Sixties, designed by Aldo Turafor Tura creazioni. It's in very good conditions, labeled on the bottom.
Category

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

Materials

Brass

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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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