Set of Six Dining Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Signed, 1970s For Sale
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Set of Six Dining Chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, Signed, 1970s

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Set of Six (6) Model #54A chairs by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International with burgundy lacquered steel frames and sinuous bent plywood seats with its original fabric upholstery, original Knoll International labels/tags located underneath. The frames of the six chairs are constructed by sculpted metal tubes, while the seats and backs of each chair are upholstered. The frames and cushions are a matching shade of deep merlot, a versatile color that is both potent and elegant. Marked with Knoll International labels. Note: The matching dining table in the photo has already sold, this listing is only for the six (6) chairs. The photos with the dining table are to show size and scale of the chairs. Wonderful option for a Postmodern home, can also work great in a Mid-Century Modern, contemporary, traditional or transitional home. Consider using this set as dining chairs or as side chairs, also consider in an office or conference room, restaurant or cafe, creative/design studio, or retail boutique. In good vintage condition, these chairs possess minor surface wear, nicks, and scuffs consistent with their age and use. Measurements: H 32.5 in. x W 22 in. x D 20 in. Seat height: 17".

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredSteel,Fabric
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    In good vintage condition, these chairs possess minor surface wear, nicks, and scuffs consistent with their age and use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.5 in. x W 22 in. x D 20 in.H 82.55 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU1330213216171
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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.

About the Seller

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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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