Gae Aulenti 'Jumbo' Table in Carrara Marble
Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, coffee-table 'Jumbo', Carrara marble, United States, 1965.
This sculptural marble coffee table by Italian architect and designer Gea Aulenti. The tabletop features indentations in which the legs rest, the legs are built up of cylindrical cluster legs. This cocktail table is graceful in combination with opulent strength. The polished Carrara marble is in a beautiful shining white color with grey veins.
Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) was an Italian architect. She is well-known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Aulenti was at the forefront of Italian post-war design. Her design was meant to make connections with both history and future of Italy. The postmodern movement that Aulenti belonged to refused to design in the objective language of the modernists. This avant-garde postmodern design movement was the beginning of new type of Italian art, architecture and design.
Literature: Literature: Gramigna, Giuliana. Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000 per L'Arredamento Domestico. Allemandi: Torino, 2003, p. 111.