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Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti

*  1927 Palazzolo della Stella

The Italian architect and designer Gae Aulenti is one of only a handful of women who are successful in the international design scene. Gae Aulenti studied at Milan Polytechnic until 1954. Between 1955 and 1965 Gae Aulenti was editor of "Casabella" magazine. From 1964 until 1969 she taught at Milan Polytechnic. On the side she freelanced as an architect, growing into an extremely versatile designer. Gae Aulenti's most important architectural project was remodelling the Gare d'Orsay (1980-1986) in Paris to house the Musée d'Orsay. Between 1982-1985 Gae Aulenti also redesigned the exhibition rooms at the Centre Pompidou. In 1988 Gae Aulenti was commissioned to remodel the Catalan Museum in Barcelona. Gae Aulenti has also earned a reputation worldwide for designing the showrooms of prestigious companies such as Olivetti and Knoll. Moreover, Gae Aulenti has designed numerous stage sets for the director Luca Ronconi. The Gae Aulenti works acquired by the Museum of Modern Art collection are "Solus 220" (1964), an armchair, and "Pipistrello", a floor lamp Gae Aulenti designed for Martinelli Luce in 1967. Gae Aulenti's lighting designs look more like beautiful sculptures in space than lamps which are supposed to emit light. Gae Aulenti has created numerous designer objects for Artemide, Kartell, Fontana, Arte, Knoll, Poltrona donna, Stilnovo, Tecno, and Zanotta.