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Gae Aulenti La Ruspa Four Shades Lamp for Martinelli Luce

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Gae Aulenti for Martinelli Luce, La Ruspa table lamp in metal by Italy, 1968. Futuristic floor lamp in white coated metal by Italian designer Gae Aulenti. Extremely rare model with four lights. The 'La Ruspa' series of lights by Aulenti is considered to be the start of the Italian Space Age design from the late 1960 and 1970s. Besides it is highly esthetic, this light is also very functional. Each of the four shades is adjustable, which makes this into an upward and down lighter. Another excellent example of great Italian lighting design. Gae Aulenti (1927–2012) was an Italian architect. She is well-known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Aulenti was at the forefront of Italian post-war design. Her design was meant to make connections with both history and future of Italy. The postmodern movement that Aulenti belonged to refused to design in the objective language of the modernists. This avant-garde postmodern design movement was the beginning of new type of Italian art, architecture and design.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1960-1969
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 22.45 in. x W 25.99 in. x D 25.99 in.H 57 cm x W 66 cm x D 66 cm
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU933114676672
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About Gae Aulenti (Designer)

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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