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Gae Aulenti Chairs

Italian, 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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Creator: Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti folding chairs mod. Aprilina, Zanotta ca. 1970 in metal/fabric
By Zanotta, Gae Aulenti
Located in Milano, IT
Gae Aulenti folding chairs mod. Aprilina, Zanotta. The chairs are the result of a design by Arch. Gae Aulenti in about 1964. Lightweight and perfect for any occasion. The chairs ar...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

Gae Aulenti set of two lounge chairs 1960s.
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in bari, IT
Set of two lounge chairs from the Locus Solar series by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova late 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

"Locus Solus" Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Lasne, BE
Set of 10 chromed metal and black leather chairs designed by Gae Aulenti in the 60s. Model: Locus Solus. Seat height: 42 cm. Wear due to age and time of chairs.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

Locus Solus chair designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova 1964
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Arezzo, Italy
Locus Solus chair designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova 1964. An early production in good condition, restored bouclé seat. Chrome metal frame, cotton. The chair has slight defects, ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal, Chrome

Gae Aulenti, Set of 6 "Orsay" Chairs for Knoll International, 1970s
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Paris, FR
Nice set of 6 "Orsay" chairs designed by Gae Aulenti produced by Knoll International in Italy. Circa 1970s. New upholstery. Dark brown lacquered metal feet. Good vintage condition o...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

Set of 2 Chairs Mod.4854 Gae Aulenti, Kartell
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Chairs Kartell by Gae Aulenti Mod.4854 Chairs Mod.4854 Gae Aulenti, Kartell The Mod.4854 chair is an iconic creation by famous Italian designer Gae Aulenti for Kartell, a renowned It...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Plastic

Locus Solus, Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il “Locus Solus” è stato concepito negli anni 60 e rappresenta un’icona del design moderno italiano. Caratterizzata da linee pulite e geometriche, la poltrona è stata realizzata con ...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

Set di sedia e pouf Locus Solus, Gae Aulenti Poltronova
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Il “Locus Solus” è stato concepito negli anni 60 e rappresenta un’icona del design moderno italiano. Caratterizzata da linee pulite e geometriche, la poltrona è stata realizzata con ...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

20th Century Gae Aulenti Set of Four Chairs mod. Locus Solus
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Turin, Turin
Gae Aulenti was an Italian designer and architect who was active in furniture design, graphic design, lighting design and interior design. She was known for her contribution to the d...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Pair of 'Aprilina' folding chairs by Gae Aulenti for Zanotta, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Milano, IT
The Aprilina folding chair designed by Gae Aulenti for Zanotta in 1964 epitomizes the essence of minimalism and elegance. With an extraordinary minimalistic design, it embodies simpl...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Aluminum

Gae Aulenti for Knoll International "Orsay" Armchairs, 1970s
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Almelo, NL
"Orsay" armchairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Italy 1970s These "Orsay" armchairs were designed by Gae Aulenti and p...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Zanotta April Folding Chair in VIP Seat and Stainless Steel Frame by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti, Zanotta
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Zanotta April Folding Chair in VIP Seat and Stainless Steel Frame by Gae Aulenti Folding chair. Frame in black or white painted steel. Nylon seat and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Stainless Steel

Locus Solus White Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Exteta, Gae Aulenti
Located in Milan, IT
A refined addition to a patio, deck, backyard porch, or poolside, this contemporary chair combine style with comfort. Part of the iconic Locus Solus collec...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

"4854" Chair by Gae Aulenti for Kartell, 1968
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designed by Gae Aulenti for Kartell in the 1968, the 4854 chair is made of white ABS plastic and lacquered white and features Aulenti's charact...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Plastic

Postmodern "Cassiopea" Leather Armchair by Gae Aulenti for Elam, Italy, 1976
By Gae Aulenti, Elam
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1976. This is the model Cassiopea, designed by Gae Aulenti for Elam, Meda. These chairs feature a chromed tubular steel structure and leather seat and back-rest. They ...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Chrome, Steel

Locus Solus Green Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Exteta, Gae Aulenti
Located in Milan, IT
Marked by a streamlined silhouette, this chair makes an indispensable addition to any outdoor area, bringing a functional element with a colorful soul. The bright green tubular steel...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Locus Solus Orange Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti, Exteta
Located in Milan, IT
The perfect piece to add color and personality to a patio, garden or pool area, this chair of the Locus Solus collection merges functional design with a unique aesthetic. Originally ...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Locus Solus Yellow Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti, Exteta
Located in Milan, IT
This contemporary chair delivers comfort, style, and quality in a playful and colorful silhouette suitable for any outdoor setting. The original 1964 Locus Solus Collection by Gae Au...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Locus Solus Yellow Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti, Exteta
Located in Milan, IT
This contemporary chair delivers comfort, style, and quality in a playful and colorful silhouette suitable for any outdoor setting. The original 1964 Locus Solus Collection by Gae Au...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Locus Solus Blue Chair by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti, Exteta
Located in Milan, IT
This chair will be the heart of a patio, garden, or veranda imparting a colorful, contemporary aesthetic to any outdoor setting. Showcasing a sinuous silhouette, the tubular steel fr...
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2010s Italian Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Steel

Set of 4 Green Resin Kartell Model 4854 Chairs by Gae Aulenti, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Kartell
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Elevate your space with a rare and exceptional set of four Kartell Model 4854 Chairs, designed by the legendary Gae Aulenti in 1968. Crafted from green lacquered thick resin, these c...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Resin

Gae Aulenti Chairs by Elam Model Lira Set of Four, Published
By Gae Aulenti, Elam
Located in Milano, IT
Modern set of four chairs designed by Gae Aulenti for the ELAM manufacture in the 1970s. The chairs are the very rare LIRA model. The chair set is made with a curved chrome metal frame that makes the seat energetic bright. Its modern curved lines give the chair modernity and futurism. The seat and back are made of light brown leather. On the sides of the leather backrest we see stitched the logo of the ELAM manufacture designer's trademark and pattern. They are also published in several catalogs. The leather seat , as noted below it, is anchored to the frame with steel strings. The chairs are ideal for modern living rooms...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Chairs

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Metal

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Gae Aulenti chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Gae Aulenti chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gae Aulenti chairs, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 5 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 6 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original chairs by Gae Aulenti were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Aldo Jacober, Benjamin Hubert, and Artemide. Prices for Gae Aulenti chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $843 and can go as high as $3,750, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,245.

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