VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
A Creative Universe
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Until April 18, 2021, the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on the iconic creations of one of the most influential architects of the post-war period, Gae Aulenti.Her legendary pieces, such as her «Pipistrello» lamps in 1965 and «King Sun» in 1967, made the Italian designer famous internationally and gave a leading role to Italian design.While she is now better known in her birthplace, the Vitra Design Museum is giving her back its worldwide visibility with an exhibition of 35 elements of her flourishing career, together with photographs, sketches and films to retrace her 700 projects including the superb transformation of the Parisian station into the Musée d’Orsay in the 1980s.
From the 1960s, her first piece of furniture «Sparsul» with very distinctive and modern shapes was produced by the company Poltronova, as was her series for the garden «Locus Solus».
Gae Aulenti furnished her own house with her works such as the «Stringa» sofa. She also developed products for Zanotta such as her ultra light folding chair, the “Aprilina”.
Gae Aulenti worked various materials in a particularly innovative way. So the top of her glass «Giova» lamp can also be used as a vase. As for her sculptural «Rimorchiatore» in lacquered metal, it plays with the envy of vase or ashtray. For Knoll, she made her “Jumbo” table in marble in this architectural purity that characterizes her.
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Her reputation as an interior designer was established as early as 1966 with her astonishing work for the showrooms of typewriter maker Olivetti in Paris and Buenos Aires.
She used mirrored ceilings to achieve kaleidoscopic effects highlighted by her iconic lamps now made by Martinelli Luce.
After the museum metamorphosis of the Orsay station, it was the Center Georges Pompidou who asked her to redesign the interior of the MNAM. She was also called upon to renovate the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 1985 and to rebuild the Palau Nacional de Montjuïc which thus became the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
She used her long-standing art of decor and costumes for Gioachino Rossini’s opera «Il viaggio a Reims» and took over some of the furniture for the Palazzo Grassi.
Passionate about the search for ideal and visionary solutions to the problems presented to her, Gae Aulenti was remarkably versatile. Between 1978 and 2008, she put her talent to the service of packaging make-up products for Rochas, glass vases for Venini in Murano, a «Toaster» and a «Blender» for Trabo.
Gae Aulenti has marked the world of design and architecture with a uniquely formal language and iconic silhouettes. Her objects have entered the Pantheon of the unmissable and the unforgettable at first sight. A great lady of design.
Vitra Design Museum
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OLIVETTI SHOW ROOM 1966