Gae Aulenti Furniture

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.

Gae Aulenti Folding Chair April 2120 Zanotta, 1960s
Gae Aulenti Folding Chair April 2120 Zanotta, 1...
Gae Aulenti, Zanotta
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Steel, Leather
Gae Aulenti folding chair April 2120 manufactured by Zanotta in the 1960s in Italy. Fine black leather attached to a chrome steel frame.
Gae Aulenti Locus Solus Game/Dining Table and Chairs
Gae Aulenti Locus Solus Game/Dining Table and C...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1970s Italian Game Tables
Chrome
This Postmodern bent tubular chromed game table and set of four chairs can also be used as a small dining table. Italian chic, classic Gae Aulenti design! Dimensions of chairs: 26"...
Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Gae Aulenti, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Jumbo coffee table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll. Purchased from a client who said that was floor model at the Chicago Knoll showroom.
1960s, Leather and Chrome Lounge Chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
1960s, Leather and Chrome Lounge Chair by Gae A...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs
Chrome
Wonderful lounge chair designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova, Italy. This beautiful chair is made of a black leather seating on a chromed frame. It is in excellent condition. Per...
Murano Vistosi Table Lamp Designed by Gae Aulenti and Manufactured in Italy
Murano Vistosi Table Lamp Designed by Gae Aulen...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Blown Glass
Italian architect-designer Gaetana “Gae” Aulenti (1927-2012) was born in the town of Palazzolo dello Stella, near Trieste. In the areas of furniture, branding, and interior design, A...
"Pileino" White Enameled Adjustable Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Artemide, 1972
"Pileino" White Enameled Adjustable Lamp by Gae...
Gae Aulenti, Artemide
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
The "Pileino" is a small, versatile table lamp that allows the user to change both light intensity and direction by positioning the shade. Designed by Gae Aulenti for Artem...
Gae Aulenti "Jumbo" Table
Gae Aulenti "Jumbo" Table
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1950s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Stunning Gae Aulenti "jumbo" coffee table in Bianco Marquina marble. Extremely rare and in excellent vintage condition.  
Gae Aulenti, "Jumbo" Calacatta Marble Coffee Table for Knoll, 1964
Gae Aulenti, "Jumbo" Calacatta Marble Coffee Ta...
Gae Aulenti, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Original and old edition of the classic "Jumbo" coffee table designed in 1964 by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. Very nice quality of Calacatta marble.
Italian Pendant Attributed to Gae Aulenti for Guzzini in White, 1970s
Italian Pendant Attributed to Gae Aulenti for G...
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome, Plastic, Rubber
Large, round white orb pendant lamp with counterweight and black accents, made in Italy in the 1970s and attributed to female designer Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini. This pendant gi...
"Pietra" Light by Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni for Fontana Arte
"Pietra" Light by Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglio...
Gae Aulenti, Livio Castiglioni
20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Chrome
The 'Pietra' light is a rare light designed by two powerhouse designers (Aulenti & Castiglioni) in 1988. I have only seen two others in the last 20 years! The lamp is in perfect orig...
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Sconce for Fontana Arte
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Sconce...
Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni, Fontana Arte
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and...
Brass, Opaline Glass, Nickel
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Pendant for Fontana Arte. Designed in 1980, this authorized re-edition features a nickel-plated brass frame and white opaline blown glass for...
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Pendant for Fontana Arte
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Pendan...
Gae Aulenti, Fontana Arte
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...
Blown Glass, Opaline Glass
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Pendant for Fontana Arte. Designed in 1980, this authorized re-edition features Opaline blown glass for the adjustable shade, it is an exemp...
"Pipistrello" Table Lamps by Gae Aulenti for Ma...
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Stainless Steel, Acrylic
Table lamp with diffused light and adjustable height with telescopic movement. Diffuser in white opal methacrylate. Stainless steel telescope. Painted metal base and knob. Measure: ...
"Geacolor" Glass Vase by Gae Aulenti for Venini
Venini, Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Blown Glass
Glass vase comprised of multiple layers of colored glass built over a clear spherical matrix. Designed by Gae Aulenti and made by Venini in 1996. An early example from the Geacolor s...
Pileino Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1970s
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Pileino’ table lamp in white lacquered metal. The Pileino, named after the pileus, i.e. a mushroom’s cap, is a Minimalist lamp which can create different light effects thanks to a mo...
Pileino Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Artemide,...
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Early adjustable Pileino table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in 1972. This lamp with sculptural quality is made in white lacquered metal with a plastic base. It was in production in t...
Gae Aulenti Knoll Coffee Table
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Enamel, Steel, Glass
A Gae Aulenti designed for Knoll 1976 coffee table composed of a dark brown enameled steel frame and a curved dark smoked glass top.Located in our New York City Chelsea location.
Gae Aulenti, "Jumbo" Carrara Marble Coffee Tabl...
Gae Aulenti, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Carrara Marble
Original and old edition of the classic "Jumbo" coffee table designed in 1964 by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. Very Nice quality of Carrara marble.  
Table Lamp "Pileino" by Gae Aulenti
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Aluminum
Vintage Table lamp ”Pileino” by Gae Aulenti, 1972 for Artemide. White lacquered aluminum body and shade with a white plastic base. The shade can be rotated to create several light s...
Italian Rocking Chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltro...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Leather, Wood
Wonderful "Sgarsul" rocking chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Lacquered wood in black with orange leather. Gae Aulenti was a prolific Italian architect, whose work spans indus...
Colosal Pair of Gae Aulenti "Pipipstrello" Lamp...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Large pair of Gae Aulenti "Pipistrello" table lamps, comprising of telescopic metal bodies and white opal shades. Originally designed in 1965 these lamps are in excellent condition.  
Large Italian Hanging Lamp by Gae Aulenti for V...
Gae Aulenti, Vistosi
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Murano Glass
- Large pendant made of Murano glass - Height of the glass shade: 35 cm - Length of the cable: 54 cm.
Lounge Chair Cassiopea by Gae Aulenti for Elam
Gae Aulenti, Elam
Vintage 1960s Italian Lounge Chairs
Rare lounge chair "Cassiopea" by Gae Aulenti for Elam. Label stitched.
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' Table ...
Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti, Piero Castiglioni
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Glass, Opaline Glass, Crystal
Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni 'Parola' table lamp for Fontana Arte features three different kinds of glass working processes: opaline blown glass for the adjustable shade, natural ...
1976 Aluminium Table and four Chairs by Gae Aul...
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Sets
Aluminum
The Italian designer Aulenti collaborated a lot with Knoll. Her (second) design project for Knoll, introduced as the Aulenti Collection in 1976 from which the table and chairs in ob...
Gae Aulenti 'Polpo' Vase, Venini Murano, Italy,...
Gae Aulenti, Venini
Early 2000s Italian Modern Vases
Glass
A beatiful glass vase designed by Gae Aulenti in 2006. Polpo model produce in limited edition 26/99 signed and original label.
Gae Aulenti Lounge Chairs for Knoll International
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Lounge Chairs
Aluminum
Pair of comfortable lounge chairs designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll (with label). Dark red leather cushions in red enameled aluminium frames.  
Single Loveseat by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Upholstery, Steel
Loveseat from Gae Aulenti’s eponymous 1976 collection for Knoll. Low, horizontal design features a rounded frame of extruded steel in glossy black and dense cushions in suede cloth. ...
Big Italian Vintage Table Lamp with Dubble Shad...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Big vintage table lamp with a dubble shade, the structure is in metal design by Gael Aulenti, Italy, circa 1965 Measures: H 63 cm 33 x 30 cm H 24.8" 12.99" x 11.81".
Pair of Knoll Midcentury Gae Aulenti Lounge Chairs
Gae Aulenti
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Knoll International Gae Aulenti Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. A member of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno ...
1970s Gae Aulenti Two-Seat Leather Sofa for Knoll
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
20th Century Italian Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Leather
Two-seat leather sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll in the 1970s. The basic cylindrical construction is in extruded aluminium: Six amaranth triangular tubes radiating out from a ...
1970s Gae Aulenti Two-Seat Leather Sofa for Knoll
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
20th Century Italian Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Leather
Two-seat leather sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll in the 1970s. The basic cylindrical construction is in extruded aluminium: Six amaranth triangular tubes radiating out from a ...
Floor Lamp by Gae Aulenti & Livio Castiglioni, ...
Stilnovo, Gae Aulenti, Livio Castiglioni
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Iron, Paint
Floor lamp by Gae Aulenti & Livio Castiglioni, Stilnovo, 1972.
Italian 1960s White Table Lamp Pipistrello by G...
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
This iconic lamp designed by Gae Aulenti 1966 for Martinelli Luce is height adjustable by means of its stainless steel telescopic neck. The Diffuser is made of white plastic and its ...
Gad Aulenti Table Lamp for Artemide
Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
The "Pileino" is a small, versatile table lamp that allows the user to change both light intensity and direction by positioning the shade. Designed by Gae Aulenti for Artemide in 197...
Mirror Semiramide by Gae Aulenti for Fontana Ar...
Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Glass, Mirror
Polygonal wall mirror with a tinted frame and a sun-shaped mirror in the centre. Two smaller chips on the outer edge. Label on the backside.
Quadrifoglio Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Harv...
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Acrylic
Amazing, rare and large Mid-Century Modern table lamp. Designed by Gae Aulenti in 1968. Manufactured by Harvey Luce or Harvey Guzzini in 1960s-1970s, Italy. This most sought, eleg...
Large Gae Aulenti 'Giova' Table Lamp for Fontan...
Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Large Gae Aulenti 'Giova' table lamp for Fontana Arte. Half vase, half lamp, Giova marked Gae Aulenti’s debut in the field of designer lighting. A veritable luminous sculpture in gla...
Midcentury Gae Aulenti Floor Light Oracolo, Ita...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Floor light named Oracolo designed by Gae Aulenti and executed by Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, Italy. A white glass sphere sits atop a cylindrical column of brown enameled metal. ...
Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps
Steel, Iron
Floor lamp, "Locus Solus" by Gae Aulenti. 1964 for Poltronova Green painted tubular steel, cast iron base, lampshades acrylic glass Height: 174 cm / 68,5 in The lamp was part of Ga...
Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Artemide
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Smoked Glass, Iron
Original vintage table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti for Artemide in Italy, circa 1970. Glass diffuser with iron structure. Original cord. Takes three E27 100w maximum bulbs.
Gae Aulenti Set of 4 Italian Wicker Wingback Ch...
Gae Aulenti, Abaco
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Chairs
Wicker
Set of 4 wicker wingback chairs encapsulate Italian crafty wisdom to intertwine natural fibres. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. They were designed by the famous Architect Gae ...
Gae Aulenti Quadrifoglio Table Lamp, Harvey Luc...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Stainless Steel
"Quadrifoglio" table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti for Harvey Luce in 1968. Chromed steel base with methacrylate diffuser. The most beautiful lamp by Gae Aulenti.
Gae Aulenti Lamp Quadrifoglio, 1975
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Table Lamps
Chrome, Acrylic
Rare lamp Quadrifoglio designed by Gae Aulenti and produced by Harvey Guzzini, circa 1975 Beautiful white acrylic shade.
Gae Aulenti Coffee Table for Fontana Arte, 1980
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1980s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass
Designer: Gae Aulenti Editor: Fontana Arte, circa 1980 Magnificent low table with thick glass slab top resting on four wheels. Postmodern / Industrial design Dimensions: H 25 ...
Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll Internati...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, 1975. Seldom-seen rectangular form in black enameled channel metal with curved smoked glass top. A sleek, sexy table.
Pair of "Gomito" Wall Lamps by Gae Aluenti for ...
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Wall Lights and Sconces
Plastic
Set of two Gomito wall lamps by Gae Aluenti for Artemide.
"Mezzo Oracolo" Gae Aulenti by Artemide 1960s I...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
"Mezzo Oracolo" Gae Aulenti Artemide, 1969 Glass shade and metal base Measure: height 60 cm diameter 40 cm.  
"Pileino" Gae Aulenti by Artemide 1970s Italian...
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum
"Pileino" Gae Aulenti by Artemide Italy, 1972 White aluminium Adjustable shade.   
Gae Aulenti "Pipistrello" Lamp for Martinelli Luce
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
The “Pipistrello” lamp gets its name from the similarity the shape of the light diffuser has to bat wings, the painted steel base supports an adjustable height neck and four-sided wh...
Midcentury Dining Set Orsay designed by Gae Aul...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Aluminum, Leather, Carrara Marble
Very rare version of the Orsay series designed in 1969 by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. The square table is very spacious (57 inch x 57 inch / 145 cm x 145 cm). It is made of...
Tour Table with Glass Top Designed by Gae Aulen...
Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Side Tables
Tour is the evolution of the table with wheels. Again with wheels, but in this case taken from bicycles, it was a surprising piece. The beveled float glass top, 0.6" thick, rests on ...
Gae Aulenti, "Glicine" Table Lamp by Vistosi, M...
Gae Aulenti, Vistosi
Antique 1680s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Beautiful table lamp called Glicine designed by Gae Aulenti in circa 1980 and produced by Vistosi, Murano, Italy.  
True Mid-Century Modern Gae Aulenti Design Glas...
Gae Aulenti
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Glass
White glass orb lamp within a large clear top quality thick glass globe form having a smoky glass jardinière top. Pierced chrome base. Condition: no chips or losses. The upper smoke...
Parola Suspension Lamp by Gae Aulenti and Piero...
Fontana Arte, Piero Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Designed by Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni, the Parola lamp features three different kinds of glass working processes: opaline blown glass for the adjustable shade, natural glass ...
Midcentury Chrome Appliqué Lamp by Gae Aulenti ...
Stilnovo, Gae Aulenti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Midcentury chrome appliqué lamp by Gae Aulenti for Stilnovo, Italy, 1960s.
Sgarsul Chair Elephant Leather, Black Wood, by ...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather
Rare Sgarsul elephant rocking chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Varnished wood with elephant leather. 1962, Italy
Gae Aulenti Sistema Trepiu Stilnovo Floor Lamp,...
Stilnovo, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Rare Sistema Trepiu floor lamp designed by Gae Aulenti-Livio Castiglioni, manufactured by Stilnovo, Italy 1972. This small floor lamp has a black crackle painted base and an aluminum...
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