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Jumbo Coffee Table
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Jumbo Coffee Table

About the Design

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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Early Jumbo Table in Golden Calacatta by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
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'...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Jumbo Marble Italian Pair Coffee Table Designed by Gae Aulenti For Knoll 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Madrid, ES
Jumbo pair coffee table designed by Gae Aulenti (Italy, 1927-1972) for Knoll. Made in Marquina marble. Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) was one of the few Italian women to rise to prominen...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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Marble

Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Italy, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in London, GB
Superb original Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Italy, 1960s. In very good vintage condition. Wonderful subtle veining to the marble with a rare and coveat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Marble

Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table
By Gae Aulenti
Located in New Orleans, LA
Fine mid-century over-size coffee table by Gae Aulenti. Beautiful Rossa Alicante marble square slab on cylindrical legs at each corner. Definitely an attention getting addition to an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Gae Aulenti Jumbo Carrara Marble Table for Knoll
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic coffee table by Gae Aulenti in Carrara marble for Knoll. Made in the 1960s. Great vintage condition. Top is slightly darker than bases due to age/sun. No chips/marks to point...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara 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

White Carrara Marble Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll Inc, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Brussels, BE
White Carrara marble jumbo coffee table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll Inc. / Knoll International, 1960s.  
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

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