Gae Aulenti

Internationally renowned architect and designer, Gaetana “Gae” Aulenti (1927-2012) graduated in architecture in Milan in 1954. The ten-year collaboration with the historic magazine Casabella-Continuità (1955-1965) proved to be fundamental for her training.
In the first constructions (house with stables in San Siro, house in Brianza) and in the first furniture (Sgarsul rocking chair, reinterpretation of the Thonet armchair from 1862) a neoliberty style and a critical revision of modern architecture, in vogue in debates, are highlighted around Casabella between the 1950s and 1960s.
After the important participations in the Milan Triennials in 1960 and 1963, a fruitful collaboration began with Olivetti, Fiat, Max Mara, Knoll, companies for which Aulenti creates showrooms, offices and exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
In addition to industrial design works (for Artemide, Poltronova, Fontana Arte, among others), in his long career interior architecture and a series of important renovations stand out, including the Gare d'Orsay in Paris , transformed into a museum (1986); Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1986); the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona (1995); the Papal Stables in Rome (2000); the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (2003).