Gaetana « Gae » Aulenti
( 1927 – 2012 )
Born in 1927, Gae Aulenti graduated from the prestigiousin Milan Polytechnic 1953.
Anxious to share her ideas, she taught at renowned institutions throughout her career.
During the 13th Milano Architecture Biennale in 1964, Gae Aulenti was chosen to design the Italian pavilion.
Gae Aulenti gained international fame in the 1980s, from 1980 to 1986 she was the project manager for the rehabilitation and transformation into a museum of Orsay station in Paris.
She was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor by François Mitterand in 1987.
Very active on French soil, Gae Aulenti reorganized the national center of art and culture Geroges-Pompidou from 1982 to 1985.
In 1991 she received the Japanese Praemium Imperiale Prize for her body of work.
Gae Aulenti died on October 31, 2012 in Milan, she was 84 years old.
When it comes to lighting and furniture design, Gae Aulenti owes iconic pieces of post-war Italian design.
The most famous being probably the pipistrello lamp for Martinelli Luce.
But also, always for Martinelli Luce the splendid luminaire “La Ruspa”, a true light sculpture.
Later, in 1980 Gae Aulenti designed for Fontana Arte the “tavolo con ruote” which would become famous and still inspire many designers today.