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Gae Aulenti: A Design Legacy That Transcends Time

CEO Khai Intela
Gae Aulenti, a visionary architect and designer, left an indelible mark on the world of design. Her innovative concepts and creative prowess continue to inspire and shape the industry to this day. With a unique...

Gae Aulenti, a visionary architect and designer, left an indelible mark on the world of design. Her innovative concepts and creative prowess continue to inspire and shape the industry to this day. With a unique ability to merge functionality, aesthetics, and a touch of Italian elegance, Aulenti created extraordinary light designs, furniture pieces, and architectural marvels that captivate and enchant.

Important Light Designs by Gae Aulenti

In 1979, Aulenti took on the role of artistic director at Fontana Arte, a prominent Italian furniture and lighting company. Under her leadership, the company flourished as she refocused its efforts on glass making and collaborated with renowned Italian designers. Working alongside Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Pierlugi Cerri, Daniela Puppa, Franco Raggi, Umberto Riva, and Renzo Piano, Aulenti rejuvenated Fontana Arte with iconic light designs that became synonymous with sophistication and style. Notably, in collaboration with Castiglioni, she brought to life the popular Parola lamp in 1980.

Jumbo coffee table designed by Gae Auleni for Knoll in 1965 Jumbo coffee table designed by Gae Auleni for Knoll in 1965

Important Furniture Designs by Gae Aulenti

Aulenti's impact extended beyond lighting. Her furniture designs are a testament to her creative genius. From the Sgarsul rocking chair and Locus Solus chair for Poltronova to the April folding chair and the Sanmarco table for Zanotta, Aulenti's creations epitomize elegance and functionality. Her collaborations with Fontana Arte resulted in timeless pieces like the Giova lamp, the Tour table, and the Tavolo con Ruote table. Other notable designs include the Jumbo coffee table for Knoll, the Pipistrello table lamp for Martinelli, and the Pileino lamp for Artemide.

Gae Aulenti's Architectural Contributions

Aulenti's architectural brilliance shines through her transformative projects. In the 1980s, she played a pivotal role in redesigning the interior of Paris' Musée D'Orsay, turning it into a contemporary art museum with a distinct personality. Her collaborations with scenographers and architects Italo Rota, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and Richard Peduzzi resulted in a harmonious blend of volumes unified by stone coverings. Aulenti also led crucial renovations at the Centre Pompidou and the Palazzo Grassi, solidifying her reputation as an eminent architect and designer.

Interior of the Musée dOrsay designed by Gae Aulenti Interior of the Musée d'Orsay designed by Gae Aulenti

In the following decade, Aulenti left her architectural mark on Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, the Piazza Cadorna in Milan, and the La Fenice theatre in Venice (after a devastating fire). She also brought the Papal Stables in Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome up to modern standards.

Gae Aulenti's architectural drawing of the 1994 Guggenheim Museum exhibition “The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968.” Gae Aulenti's architectural drawing of the 1994 Guggenheim Museum exhibition "The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968"

In 1994, Aulenti's exceptional design skills were showcased in the Guggenheim Museum's exhibition "The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968." Despite the challenges posed by the museum's unique structure and the extensive collaboration required, Aulenti's design surpassed all expectations.

Awards and Exhibitions Honoring Gae Aulenti's Work

Aulenti's contributions to architecture and design were widely recognized during her lifetime. She was honored with prestigious awards such as the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Additionally, she became an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.

Following her passing in February 2013, the Triennale di Milano museum held a solo exhibition showcasing Aulenti's most iconic design objects spanning from 1962 to 2008. Currently, from February 2020 to November 2020, the Museum Vitra Schaudepot pays tribute to Aulenti's creative brilliance with a solo exhibition titled "Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe."

Gae Aulenti's legacy continues to inspire and influence designers around the world. Her innovative designs and contributions to the field of architecture and design will be forever cherished.

For additional information on Gae Aulenti, please visit:

  • "Gae Aulenti," FontanaArte.
  • Oliver Wainwright, "Gae Aulenti obituary." The Guardian, 5 November 2012.
  • Walter Smith, "Aulenti, Gai." Oxford Art Online - Grove Art Online.
  • Last updated: September 16, 2020
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