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Jumbo Coffee Table

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The Jumbo coffee table was more than just a piece of furniture to Gae Aulenti (1927–2012). As a participant in Italy’s Neo-Liberty movement in the late 1950s, she rejected the omnipresent Bauhaus modernist aesthetic and instead chose to create pieces that exemplified her taste for classical design with a modern edge.

The Jumbo coffee table, with its opulent marble top and sculpted column legs, epitomized Aulenti's approach. Weighing nearly 450 pounds, the table is unquestionably heavy yet it still maintains a graceful air that hearkens back to her adoration for classic Roman architecture. This is a seductive characteristic of her late-career architectural projects, too, such as her conversion of a train station to the Musée d’Orsay — home to one of the world's most important Impressionist art collections — as well as the renovation of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi into an exhibition space.

In 1954, decades before she transformed a Paris landmark transit hub into a museum, Aulenti graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan as one of only two women in her class. She became known for her industrial design work and as a vocal advocate for rejecting postwar Italian architecture. Gianni Agnelli, the chairman of Fiat, was impressed with her passion and commissioned her to design his company’s showrooms in Turin, Zurich and Brussels. Aulenti’s work for Fiat yielded another design opportunity, this time, at Knoll, where she designed the company’s showrooms in Boston and New York City.

In 1972, Knoll began to manufacture the Jumbo coffee table, which Aulenti initially designed in 1965. The company made her table available in three marble finishes: Calacatta, Carrara and Nero Marquina.

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Gae Aulenti Jumbo coffee table Knoll International 1964
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Iconic Jumbo coffee table designed by Gae Aulenti and manufactured by Knoll International in Italy in 1964. It's made from gorgeous white Carrara marble, known for its beautiful whit...
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Carrara Marble

Gae Aulenti for Knoll 'Jumbo' Carrara Marble Coffee Table, Italy, circa 1964
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in New York, NY
The 'Jumbo' Carrara marble coffee table by the famed female Italian architect Gae Aulenti, (Italy, 1927-2012) made for Knoll. Literature: Gramigna, Giuliana. Repertorio Dell'Arredo ...
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Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table for Knoll in Black Marquina Marble, Italy 1970s
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in Almelo, NL
Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table for Knoll in Black Marquina Marble, Italy 1970s This coffee table is a stunning piece of furniture made from beautiful black Marquina marble, designed...
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‘Jumbo’ Coffee Table in Rosso Alicante Marble Attributed to Gae Aulenti, Knoll
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Gae Aulenti Space Age Marble Jumbo Coffee Table for Knoll International, 1969
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Located in Ibiza, Spain
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Located in Madrid, ES
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Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International
By Gae Aulenti
Located in amstelveen, NL
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Located in Ibiza, Spain
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‘Jumbo’ Coffee Table in Carrara Marble Attributed to Gae Aulenti for Knoll
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
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Impressive Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Italy 1965
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in Echt, NL
Impressive Jumbo coffee table in very good condition. Designed by Gae Aulenti in the 1960s. Manufactured by Knoll International. The Jumbo coffee table was more than just a piece ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Jumbo Table by Gae Aulenti
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carrara marble "Jumbo" table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. Made in Italy circa 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

Early Jumbo Table in Golden Calacatta by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pièce de résistance is considered the holy grail of 'Jumbo' cocktail tables due to the rare golden Calacatta marble which features dramatic veins in golds and greys. The 'Jumbo' table is already extremely sought after and original early production examples are extremely rare. The white, grey and gold Calacatta marble is the most sought after due to the deep gold veining - and this particular example is an original early production example with a copy of the original receipt provided to us by the original buyer / owner, ideal for a collector or an interior designer who has a client who wants only the best of the best. One thing we really love about this example is the dark almost black veins that look like lightning emanating from one corner like a work of art. Produced by Knoll International, the 'Jumbo' cocktail table was designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965, originally for Gavina Italy. This example was produced in the late 1980s and sold in 1990, per the original receipt. You can also see in the photos that there is age appropriate coloration to the marble which takes many decades to develop and you don't see in new and newer year productions. Most of the ones you see online, including on 1sDibs, the dealers will list as "1960s" production however you can tell that they were made in more recent years making them not desirable for collectors. Dealers do this because it allows them to list for a higher price however they often have no documentation to support their 1960s production claim. Therefore savvy collectors look for age in the marble and/or documentation to decipher when the table was made and if it is a collectors example which is worth much much more than new and newer examples. Perfect fit for a Postmodern or Mid-Century Modern home, this Jumbo table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International in white gold and gray Calacatta marble would also work great in a Contemporary or Transitional home or office. Also consider a splash of juxtaposition in a Traditional, Classical, French, Spanish, Mediterranean, Mixed-Style, Asian, or Minimalistic styled room. Great for a designer residential or commercial project, due to its strength and sturdiness, would be apt for a hotel, lobby lounge, restaurant, retail boutique...
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