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Gae Aulenti (Italy, 1927 - 2012)

The Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti will forever be best remembered for her work with museums, in particular her 1980-86 renovation of a Beaux Arts Paris train station to create the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay. Aulenti — whose first name, short for Gaetana, is pronounced “guy” — should also be recalled for her tough intellectual spirit and for working steadily when few women found successful architectural careers in postwar Italy.

     After she graduated from the Milan Polytechic in 1954, Aulenti opened an architectural office. She also joined the staff of the progressive architectural magazine Casabella, whose editorial line was that the establishment, orthodox modernism of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus, had outlived it usefulness. When their movement for fresh approaches to architecture and design received a sympathetic hearing, Aulenti found patrons — most prominently Gianni Agnelli, of Fiat, who later employed her to renovate the Palazzo Grassi in Venice for use as an arts exhibition space.

     Commissions for showrooms and other corporate spaces brought Aulenti to furniture design. She felt that furniture should never dominate a room. Her chairs and sofas — low-slung, with rounded enameled metal frames and ample seats — and tables, particularly her 1972 marble “Jumbo” coffee table for Knoll, project solidity and sturdiness. In lighting design, however, Aulenti is bravura. Each work has a marvelous sculptural presence. Pieces such as her “Pipistrello” table lamp and “Quadrifoglio” pendant are a perfect marriage of organically-shaped glass and high-tech fixtures. Others have a futuristic elegance—and some even have a touch of personality. Aulenti’s “Pileino” and “La Ruspa” table lamps each look almost like little robots. Her lighting pieces are an artful grace note in the career of a woman who believed in strength.

Iconic Designs from Gae Aulenti
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Jumbo Coffee Table
Jumbo Coffee Table
Pipistrello Lamp
Pipistrello Lamp
Sgarsul Rocker
Sgarsul Rocker
Pileino Lamp
Pileino Lamp
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Patroclo lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1975
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Gae Aulenti Table lamp model “Patroclo” Manufactured by Artemide Pregnana (Italy), 1975 Blown glass, metal mesh Measures; 45.72 cm x 27.94 cm x 45.72 H cm 18 in x 11 in x ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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La Ruspa Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1968
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

La Ruspa Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1968
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Poveglia Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1969
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Blown Glass

Rimorchiatore Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1967
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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King Sun Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1967
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Aluminum, Acrylic

Parolona Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1975
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Crystal, Opaline Glass

Floor Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1972
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Alcinoo Table lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1975
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Floor Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1972
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Giova Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1964
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Gae Aulenti Table lamp model “Giova” Manufactured by Fontana Arte Italy, 1964 Blown glass Measurements: 32 Ø cm x 38 H cm. 13 Ø in x 15 H in. Provenance Private collec...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Parola Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1975
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1970s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Furniture

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Crystal, Opaline Glass

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