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.

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Jumbo Coffee Table, Desig Gae Aulenti Black Marble...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Sofa Tables
Marble
Table seating, in perfect condition, no tears, 1965. Measures: 113 x 113 x 38 cm, Bibl: K.J.Sembach, Modern Classics furniture that make history, Editorial Domus, 1985, p. 131
Aulenti Knoll Glass Coffee Table
Aulenti Knoll Glass Coffee Table
Kerson Gallery
Aulenti Knoll Glass Coffee Table
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Enamel, Glass, Steel
An original 1970s smoked glass and enamel metal sculptural coffee table designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll.
Pileino Lamp by Gae Aulenti Ed. Artemide, 1972
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Early adjustable Pileino table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in 1972 for an Italian design exhibition at MoMa, New York.
Pair of Gae Aulenti Two-Seat Settees
Pair of Gae Aulenti Two-Seat Settees
Palm Beach Antique and Design Center
Pair of Gae Aulenti Two-Seat Settees
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Enamel, Leather, Metal
Vintage pair of Gae Aulenti for Knoll settees with taupe colored leather.
Gae Aulenti Calacatta Jumbo Table
Gae Aulenti Calacatta Jumbo Table
CONVERSO
Gae Aulenti Calacatta Jumbo Table
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Gae Aulenti for Knoll International jumbo table in Calacatta gold marble. Four solid marble pillars support a 1" thick slab of marble.
Set of "Locus Solus" Chairs and Table by Gae Aulen...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Tables
Metal
White lacquered "Locus Solus" set by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. The group is composed by one square table and four chairs. Table can be equipped with transparent or black glass top b...
Gae Aulenti, 1983, Sofa for the Palazzo Grassi
Gae Aulenti, 1983, Sofa for the Palazzo Grassi
Galerie Downtown Francois Laffanour
Gae Aulenti, 1983, Sofa for the Palazzo Grassi
Gae Aulenti
Italian Modern Canapes
Leather, Wood
Gae Aulenti (1927-2012). Palazzo Grassi sofa, 1983. This sofa was designed and exclusively produced for the Palazzo Grassi in 1983.
Loveseat by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Loveseat by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Den Mobler
Loveseat by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Steel, Upholstery
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. ...
Guzzini Quadrifoglio Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Acrylic, Chrome
Quadrifoglio table lamp by Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini, Italy, circa 1970 Perfect condtion. Manufacturer sticker.
Pair of Table Lamps Designed by Gae Aulenti, 1968
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps
Metal, Glass
A pair of Oracolo table lamps by Gae Aulenti for Artemide in 1969. A sphere of white glass is set on a perforated brown metal frame. Dual lighting system. Height : 61 cm / 24.01 ...
Gae Aulenti for Artemide, Mezzoracolo Lamp
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps
Blown Glass, Metal
"Mezzoracolo" table or floor lamp by the Italian architect Gae Aulenti and executed by Artemide, Italy. Three light bulbs (one inside the white glass ball and two inside the base/foot)...
Gea Aulenti Early Marble Coffee Table for Knoll
Gea Aulenti Early Marble Coffee Table for Knoll
MORENTZ
Gea Aulenti Early Marble Coffee Table for Knoll
Gae Aulenti, Knoll International
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Carrara Marble
Coffee-table 'Jumbo,' in Carrara marble, designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, United States 1965. Marble coffee table by Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti. Squa...
1968, Gae Aulenti, "La Ruspa" Table Lamp
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal
Original Martinelli Luce edition of this beautiful "La Ruspa" table lamp designed by Gae Aulenti in 1968. The lamp is in white lacquered metal. Its adjustable arm on the base and inde...
Pair of Mezza Oracolo Table Lamps by Gae Aulenti
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal, Opaline Glass
Pair of Mezza oracolo table lamps by Gae Aulenti for Artemide, Italy, 1969.  
1968, Gae Aulenti, Kartell, Pair of "4854" Brown C...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Chairs
Pair of "4854" brown chairs designed in 1968 by Gae Aulenti for Kartell. It is made in dark brown Polyurethane. Not edited anymore. They come in fair original condition. Pair of '...
Six Gae Aulenti for Stilnova Adjustable Sconces
Stilnovo, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Chrome
Six Gae Aulenti for Stilnova adjustable sconces, stamped Stilnova, made in Italy; oval backplate 5" W x 3" D. Some scratches to chrome, one small ding, some corrosion to mounting plate...
Vintage Italian White Gae Aulenti Pendant for Guzz...
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome, Plastic, Rubber
Large, round white orb pendant lamp with counterweight and black accents, made in Italy by Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini, 1970s. This pendant gives a diffused and soft light that makes...
"Tavolo Con Ruote" Coffee Table Designed by Gae Au...
Fontana Arte, Gae Aulenti
Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
The Tavolo Con Ruote (table with wheels) was designed by Italian design legend Gae Aulenti for Fontana Arte in 1980. Taking inspiration from the Industrial trolley that was used to tran...
Pileino Lamp by Gae Aulenti Ed. Artemide, 1972
Pileino Lamp by Gae Aulenti Ed. Artemide, 1972
A Demain
Pileino Lamp by Gae Aulenti Ed. Artemide, 1972
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Aulenti was invited to an special exhibition about Italian design at the MoMa of New York, that's how she designs this Pileino lamp in 1972. It has been then exhibited with designs of E...
Exceptional Italian Carrara Marble Coffee Table by...
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
An exceptional 1960s Jumbo Coffee Table of Carrera Marble by designer Gae Aulenti for Knoll International Circa 1964. Literature: Repertorio 1950-1980 Gramigna,Page 209
21st Century Glass Sculpture "Riccio" designed by ...
Gae Aulenti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vases and Vessels
Murano Glass
Handmade blown glass sculpture with decoration in tea color. Signature: "Campione"
Rare Locus Solus Set by Gae Aulenti, Poltronova, ...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
This set includes a dining chair set with a table and four chairs, two floor lamps and two lounge chairs with ottoman. All cushions and paint are in original condition. Absolute museum ...
Gae Aulenti for Pistoia Poltronova" Sgarsul" Rocki...
Gae Aulenti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Leather, Wood
Iconic "Sgarsul' rocking chair, designed by Italian designer Gae Aulenti (1927-2012). Curved painted wood in black lacquer, red/orange leather cushion, made by Poltronova. The Sgarsul r...
"Sgarsul" Rocking Chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltron...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Rocking Chairs
Leather, Wood
"Sgarsul" rocking chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Natural wood with black leather.
Geacolor
Geacolor
Limn Gallery
Geacolor
Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Gae Aulenti designed this piece for Venini in 1995. Each piece is unique and ours is quite beautiful. It's a very difficult piece to make and highly collectable.
Pipistrello lamp by Gae Aulenti
Pipistrello lamp by Gae Aulenti
LA Studio
Pipistrello lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps
Fiberglass, Lacquer, Metal, Steel
Pipistrello table lamp by Gae Aulenti. Regulable structure made in white lacquer metal and steel with shade in fiberglass.
"Pipistrello" Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Martin...
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Table Lamps
Metal, Plastic
Pipistrello table lamp by Gae Aulenti for Martinelli Luce. Table lamp, diffused light adjustable height, glazed stainless steel telescope and white opal methacrylate diffuser.
Gae Aulenti 1970s Lamp
Gae Aulenti 1970s Lamp
The Apartment
Gae Aulenti 1970s Lamp
Artemide, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Floor Lamps
Brass, Metal, Opaline Glass
Beautiful 1970's 'Mezzo Orocolo' table / floor lamp designed by Gae Aulenti and produced by Artemide.
Gae Aulenti for Guzzini Monaca Floor Lamp
Gae Aulenti for Guzzini Monaca Floor Lamp
METRO Interiors
Gae Aulenti for Guzzini Monaca Floor Lamp
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Acrylic, Iron, Rubber
Consisting of one piece of sculptural white acrylic, contrasting black rubber edging and accents. Acrylic nestles into a black texture painted cast iron base . Retains original label.
Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table
Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table
J.F. CHEN
Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
USA / ITALY: Gae Aulenti Jumbo Marble Coffee Table Knoll International, 1964
"Pipistrello" Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Acrylic, Metal, Stainless Steel
Near -pristine vintage "Pipistrello" lamp, designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965 for Martinelli Luce. The telescopic stainless steel "neck" allows the lamp to be used with a variety of table ...
Pair of Stringa Armchairs by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs
Chrome, Leather
Pair of leather and chrome stringa armchairs by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Made in Italy, circa 1972.
"La Ruspa" Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti
"La Ruspa" Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Coolhouse
"La Ruspa" Table Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Table Lamps
Metal
Iconic lamp manufactured by Martinelli Luce, Italy, 1968.
Set of Six Chairs Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti for P...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Set of six chairs Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Made on 1964.
Gae Aulenti Locus Solus Table & Chair mfg. by Polt...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Glass, Steel
As seen in the Jean-Michel Basquiat nude photos. Panton style patterned Original Cushion included.
"Jumbo" Cocktail Table Designed by Gae Aulenti for...
Gae Aulenti, Knoll International
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Rosso Alicante marble "Jumbo" cocktail table designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. New York City Delivery would be $249.00.
"Pipistrello" Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Mid-20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Plastic, Stainless Steel
Designed by Italian designer Gae Aulenti in 1965 for Martinelli Luce, the "Pipistrello" lamp has a telescopic stem that can adjust the height from 27" to 35".
Gae Aulenti for Knoll Coffee Table
Gae Aulenti for Knoll Coffee Table
Anthology
Gae Aulenti for Knoll Coffee Table
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Smoked Glass, Steel
Large, low table in black enameled steel with smoked glass top. From the 1976 Aulenti Collection for Knoll.
Quadrifoglio Floor Lamp Designed by Gae Aulenti fo...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Chrome
'Quadrifoglio' (four-leaf clover) floor lamp designed by Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini in 1974. Beautiful example of Aulenti's organic design. (This piece is a follow-up of the famous ...
Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni 'Pietra,' Fontan...
Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Glass, Steel
Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni 'Pietra.' Execution: Fontana Arte, 1988.
Gae Aulenti Murano Murrhines Glass Vase for Vetrer...
Gae Aulenti, Vetreria Vistosi
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Murano Glass
A beautiful and huge Murano glass vase, designed by Gae Aulenti, executed in the 1970s by Vetreria Vistosi, Italy. Handblown, made of green Murano glass with lovely fused murrhines. In ...
Mid-Century Gae Aulenti Floor Light "Oracolo," Ita...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Milk Glass
Floor light "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. The fo...
Pair of Gae Aulenti Pipistrello Table Lamps
Gae Aulenti, Martinelli Luce
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Plastic, Stainless Steel, Steel
Designed in 1966, the Pipistrello lamp gets its name from the similarity the shape of the light diffuser has to bat wings. A beautiful and innovative design, the painted steel base supp...
Gae Aulenti Quadrifoglio Ceiling Light, Harvey Guz...
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1970s Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Chrome
'Quadrifoglio' pending light by Italian female designer Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini, 1970's Biomorphic shaped plastic shade with chrome metal hardware Pendant has three lights ...
Vase by Gae Aulenti for Venini
Vase by Gae Aulenti for Venini
Galleria Anna Maria Consadori Arte Antiquariato Design
Vase by Gae Aulenti for Venini
Gae Aulenti
Late 20th Century Italian Vases and Vessels
Iron, Glass
Beautiful vase made in 1995 by Gae Aulenti for Venini. It is a limited edition ex. 59/99
Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps
Iron, Lucite
Floor Lamp, Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti. The lamp was part of Gae Aulenti's Locus Solus furniture series. Lit.: CH. & P. Fiell, 1000 Lights, Cologne 2005, II, p. 96
Gae Aulenti Marble Jumbo Coffee Table
Gae Aulenti Marble Jumbo Coffee Table
Sputnik Modern
Gae Aulenti Marble Jumbo Coffee Table
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Gae Aulenti "Jumbo" coffee table for Knoll International in Rosso Marble.
"Pileo" Floor Lamp by Gae Aulenti for Artemide
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Floor Lamps
Architect, designer and theorist Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) is one of the best known Italian designers of the second half of the 20th Century. She first became known for winning a major aw...
Set of Four Dining Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
A set of four "Model No. 54A" dining chairs designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, ca. 1975.
Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Compasso
Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Knoll
Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s American Sofas
Metal, Leather
Beautiful leather sofa by Gae Aulenti for Knoll. "A cylindrical 'bundle' of triangular tubes that springs from the grounds... separates... flow to form frames, crossbars, armrests. Fin...
Rare Italian 'Rimorchiatore' Table Lamp by Gae Aul...
Gae Aulenti, Candle, Milan
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
a rare example of Gae Aulenti's 'Rimorchiatore' Italian table lamp made in 1968 by Candle. originally conceived by Aulenti as a blend of a lamp, flower vase, and ashtray, it has a base ...
Rare Locus Solus Floor Lamp by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Floor Lamps
Plexiglass, Steel
Locus Solus rare floor lamp from the estate of Claire Falkenstein. Painted steel l stem and base, large opaline plexiglass diffuser. E27 75w maximum bulb
"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 se...
Armchairs Model "LOCUS SOLUS" by Gae Aulenti, Polt...
Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Lounge Chairs
Armchairs model "LOCUS SOLUS" by Gae Aulenti, Poltronova, 1964
'Quadrifoglio' Pendant by Gae Aulenti for Guzzini
Gae Aulenti, Harvey Guzzini
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Acrylic
'Quadrifoglio' pending light by Gae Aulenti for Harvey Guzzini, 1970. Biomorphic plastic shade and chrome branches. Pendant with two lights internally and also a third reflecting light ...
Sculptural Rosso marble table by Gae Aulenti
Sculptural Rosso marble table by Gae Aulenti
Galerie Canavese
Sculptural Rosso marble table by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dining Room Tables
Marble
Sculptural table in clear Rosso marble. Made on special order for Knoll International.
"Pietra" Light by Gae Aulenti & Piero Castiglioni ...
Gae Aulenti
20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Chrome, Glass
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 ori...
La Ruspa Table by Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Early substantial and heavy modernist table lamp in off white lacquered metal, Model 'Ruspa' designed by Gae Aulenti.for Martinelli Luce.
Superb Pair of Gae Aulenti Pipistrello Table Lamps...
Gae Aulenti
20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Chrome, Plastic
Superb pair of Gae Aulenti Pispitrelo table lamps. 620 Martinelli Luce (with stamp on the back). Adjustable height, as shown on the pictures. The lamp shades are removable. 4 lights...
Pair of "Pileino" Lamps by Gae Aulenti for Artemid...
Gae Aulenti
Vintage 1970s Italian Table Lamps
Metal, Lacquer
Pair of "Pileino" Lamps by Gae Aulenti for Artemide. White lacquered metal shades rotate. We have two pairs available.