Designer: Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti is an internationally renowned Italian designer, stylist and architect. She is particularly talented and is known to have excelled in each of her projects. A leading figure in 20th century design and architecture, she is responsible for such incredible projects as the redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay (1980-1986) and the Centre Pompidou (1982-1985).


The Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou (Sources: and

Aulenti is also famous for the creation of mythical pieces, such as the legendary “Pipistrello” lamp (1965), the “4854” chair (1968) or the “Aulenti” furniture (1969). These icons are perfect examples of his talent, his innovative vision and his desire to combine modernity and tradition.


The “Pipistrello” lamp, the “Aulenti” furniture and the “4854” chair


Gae Aulenti was born in Italy in 1927. In 1954, she graduated in architecture after studying at the Polytechnic of Milan. From then on, she became a graphic designer and editor for the magazine Casabella-continuità until 1965. At the same time, she designed various ranges of furniture for major publishers such as Knoll and Artemide. In 1965, Aulenti created one of the biggest bestsellers in design: the “Pipistrello” lamp. Passionate about her work and the desire to share her knowledge, she lectures at numerous universities around the world (Italy, Sweden, United States, etc.). She likes to multiply projects, which is why she turned to the design of private and public spaces in 1976, the Palacio Nacional in Barcelona being a perfect example. In 1987, François Mitterrand decorated her with the Légion d’honneur. Today, Gae Aulenti is still considered a design genius.

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