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Italian Dry Bar by Aldo Tura

$3,900

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Italian dry bar or cocktail cabinet by Aldo Tura. Along with artists like Piero Fornasetti and Carlo Bugatti, Aldo Tura definitely belonged to the mavericks of Italian design. Whereas the former chose abundant figurative decoractions as his hallmark, Bugatti and Tura focussed on applying a specific material. Tura founded his workshop in Milan in 1939 and the company has been in operation ever since. Though over the years Tura realized pieces in a number of different styles, they are all hand made, executed to very high standard and covered with one specific material: goat skin parchment. This rare dry bar, which doubles as an end table, was executed circa 1970. The rich brown vellum - which shows similarities to burl wood as well - and the octagonal mirror glass table top clearly reflect the high style of that era. However, this exquisite piece of furniture would still easily fit into any contemporary luxurious interior. Materials: wood, lacquered parchment and metal. Dimensions: height 19.6 in. (50 cm), width 21.7 in. (55 cm), depth 21.7 in. (55 cm). Offered without the glasses and carafe.

Details

  • Creator
    Aldo Tura (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)Width: 21.66 in (55 cm)Depth: 21.66 in (55 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Goatskin,Metal,Wood,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Condition
    Replacements made: Very good, some small scratches and little dents to the surface (see last two pictures). Wheel under the drawer has been replaced. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good, some small scratches and little dents to the surface (see last two pictures). Wheel under the drawer has been replaced.
  • Seller Location
    JM Haarlem, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930319654582

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    Ships From: Haarlem, Netherlands
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About the Designer

Aldo Tura

One of the most enigmatic and polarizing figures to emerge in Italian design, Aldo Tura is an outlier in the world of mid-century furniture. The designer’s glamorous bar carts, coffee tables, cabinets and more resist categorization and draw inspiration from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Surrealist and modernist styles.

Tura moved through distinct phases in his career in terms of aesthetics, influences and finishes, rendering his life’s work exciting and diverse. Despite these phases, he held a singular devotion to one material: lacquered goatskin. Tura established a furniture production house in 1939 in Lombardy, and some of his early work focused on tables, decorative lamps and more. He later expanded to bar furnishings like rolling carts, cabinets and complementary barware accessories like ice buckets and cocktail shakers. The eccentric, gleaming and luxe surface of lacquered goatskin was a constant, along with eggshell, parchment and leather.

By the 1950s, Tura had begun to use hand-painted figural panels on the surface of cabinets, serveware (such as carafes) and other pieces. He even replicated famous works by artists like Monet and Bruegel the Elder and art from the Middle Ages, sometimes playfully embedding the paintings on cabinets shaped like oversize books. Even though he had a favored color palette of rich chocolate browns and deep emeralds, his style remained consistently hard to define.

Tura was unlike most of his Italian contemporaries but held a similar reverence for the nation’s traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. He never followed the growing trend of mass-produced, industrial furniture and stuck to creating small, meticulously handcrafted collections. This principled choice means that today, a Tura piece is a rare and highly coveted collectible. The Tura firm continues to operate in Brianza, promoting Italian craftsmanship and the eclectic materials embraced by their namesake designer.

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