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Riccio Vase, Gae Aulenti, Venini Murano, Italy

$8,654.60

About

Riccio is the penultimate piece designed by Gae Aulenti for Venini, it is a sphere shape, often used by Gae Aulenti in his creations of glass pieces. To this sphere are applied hot drops of glass of shade a little darker than the base. Riccio simply means "Hedgehog" Our riccio is in very good condition, published in 99 copies in 2003, the year of creation by the artist of the model. Although unique, this vase is immediately recognizable from the work of Gae Aulenti and a similarity can be found in the lamps edited by Martinelli Luce. Gae Aulenti's collaboration began in 1994 with the creation of two particular pieces in blown glass directly in a steel structure, "Torto" and "Ritorto", these pieces are available in green or red. A year later, Gae Aulenti would design "Geacolor", a house bestseller which is still published today. Geacolor is a piece that looks usual but isn't… the technique used here is a transfer of hot glass onto a base in the form of a molten sphere. The vase changes according to the light or the perception of the person looking at it.

Details

  • Creator
    Gae Aulenti (Designer),Venini (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.65 in. (24.5 cm)Diameter: 11.23 in. (28.5 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2003
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Signed with diamond point "venini gaeulenti 2003 45/99".
  • Seller Location
    Brussels, BE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: UD09_671stDibs: LU2994321300252

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    Ships From: Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium
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About the Designer

Gae Aulenti

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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