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Coffee Table Aldo Tura Red Goatskin, Italy 50's, Brass Mid-Century Signed



Aldo Tura (1909-1963 Italy) designed this bed sofa side table with drawer in the 1955s. Aldo Tura is an outlier in the world of Mid-Century Furniture. He is also called the master of parchment and designed serveral objects in this style. Sometimes stained rbrown or green or like here in red-coloured leather. The feet and handles are made of brass. The coffee table is a material combination of brass and lacquered goatskin. Height of the board that closes the drawer is 20 cm / 7.87 in. Good vintage condition, one photo shows a scratch in the lacquer. The piece is marked with a paper label on the back. TURA milano italia Modell number 1369 After an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum/New York Tura's work is more and more appreciated.


  • Creator
    Aldo Tura (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)Width: 23.63 in (60 cm)Depth: 23.63 in (60 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. The lacquer of the plate is cracked a little bit. Please see also the image marked with the arrows.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: dagM1stDibs: LU5423229455872

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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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