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Gae Aulenti Sofas

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 for Poltronova 'Stringa' Sofa
By Poltronova, Gae Aulenti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gae Aulenti for Poltranova, sofa model 'Stringa', leather, chromed metal, blue fabric upholstery, Italy, 1962 'Stringa' sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962. A tubula...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Metal, Chrome

Lounge Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, 1976
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three seater sofa designed by Gae Aulenti in 1974. This sofa is part of the lounge seating line for the Aulenti Collection, manufactured by Knoll International. Aulenti first collab...
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1970s European Post-Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Metal

Stringa 2-seater Leather Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova, 1960s
By Poltronova, Gae Aulenti
Located in Ixelles, Bruxelles
Designer - Gae Aulenti Producer - Poltronova Model - Stringa 2-seater Sofa Design Period - Sixties Measurements - Width 132 cm x Depth 90 cm x Height 74 cm x Seat Height 40 cm Mater...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Metal, Chrome

Three seater "Stringa" leather sofa by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova Italy 1962
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Renens, CH
Three seater "Stringa" leather sofa by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova Italy 1962 The Stringa three-seater leather sofa, designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova in Italy in 1962, stands a...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Stringa Sofa Set by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
"Stringa" sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962. A tubular chrome frame holds leather seats on top of felt upholstered cushions. The leather cushions are attached with ...
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Gae Aulenti 3 Seater Sofa for Knoll International, 1970
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
Gae Aulenti 3 Seater Sofa for Knoll International, 1970. Original beautiful green leather.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Steel

Walnut + Leather 3 Seat ‘Arcata’ Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova, Italy 1968
By Poltronova, Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
A three-seat ‘Arcata’ sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova in 1968. This sculptural sofa features a walnut frame with an arched seat back and arms, whose curves are emphasized...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Pair of Vintage Sofas by Gae Aulenti Production Poltronova, Italy, 1965
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Biella, IT
Poltronova two sofas "stringa" from Gae Aulenti '65 design years. The two sofas are for three and two seats and have chrome structure and leather cushion in a particular and refined ...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Chrome

Gae Aulenti Loveseat Für Knoll 1970 Leder Sofa schwarz
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Lübeck, DE
Was ein Fund ! Dieses Sofa ist eine absolute Rarität. Liebhaber erkennen es sofort, der Love Seat von Gae Aulenti. Das Sofa befindet sich im Original Zustand und wurde 1970 herge...
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Metal

Stringa Sofa Set by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
By Poltronova, Gae Aulenti
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
"Stringa" sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962. A tubular chrome frame holds leather seats on top of felt upholstered cushions. The leather cushions are attached with ...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Chrome

Three-Seater 'Arcata' by Gae Aulenti, Walnut and Burgundy Leather, 1968
By Poltronova, Gae Aulenti
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gae Aulenti; three-seater; Arcata; Poltronova; Italian Design; Italy; 1968; walnut; burgundy leather; Mid-Century Modern; Three-Seater 'Arcata' by Gae Aulenti, walnut and burgundy...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gae Aulenti Sofas

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Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Vienna, AT
Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962. The 'Stringa' sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962 has a tubular chrome frame that holds ...
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Sofa by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
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Gae Aulenti sofas for sale on 1stDibs.

Gae Aulenti sofas 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 sofas, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original sofas by Gae Aulenti were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider sofas by Giovanni Offredi, Vivai del Sud, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni. Prices for Gae Aulenti sofas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,800 and can go as high as $25,700, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,332.

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