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Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962

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Sofa “Stringa” Chrome Plated, Platined Leather by Gae Aulenti, Italy, 1962. The 'Stringa' sofa designed by Gae Aulenti for Poltranova in 1962 has a tubular chrome frame that holds leather seats on top of felt upholstered cushions. The leather cushions are attached with leather straps over the frame. The large 3-seater sofa has a beautiful patina and is very comfortable. The Sofa is in very good vintage used condition for structure and leather; only one little defect consists in the felt upholstered cushion of the superior part, as you can see in the pictures. Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) is one of the most influential architects and designers of the post-war period. Gae Aulenti was less interested in maintaining a homogenous style than in providing visionary solutions to problems. Nevertheless, almost all of her designs share a striking formal language and emblematic silhouettes. Her objects arrest the eye and remain unforgettable. Gae was well known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d‘Orsay (1980 - 1986) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the restoration of the famous Palazzo Grassi in Venice and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She was one of the few women designing in the postwar period in Italy, where Italian designers sought to make meaningful connections to production principles beyond Italy.

Details

  • Creator
    Gae Aulenti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Width: 75.2 in. (191 cm)Depth: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Seat Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Special restoration or reupholstery can be done on request. Our craftsmen can guarantee a very high standard.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5648225212372

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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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