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Large Table Lamp Pipistrello, Gae Aulenti for Martinelli Luce, Italy, 1980s

$1,986.87

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Classic design table lamp, model "Pipistrello" in the shape of a cloverleaf Design: Gae Aulenti, 1965 Manufacturer: Martinelli Luce White 4-lamp acrylic lampshade. Height-adjustable telescopic frame. Base painted white. Marked underside. Dimensions: H 68 - 86 cm, Ø 55.

Details

  • Creator
    Gae Aulenti (Designer),Martinelli Luce (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Diameter: 21.66 in. (55 cm)
  • Style
    Space Age (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Acrylic,Aluminum,Powder-Coated
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980
  • Condition
    Very good.
  • Seller Location
    Regensburg, DE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DE-LA-1071stDibs: LU3297127590322

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: Regensburg, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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