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Gae Aulenti

architect - designer (1927 - 2012)

Gae Aulenti, besides being a world-renowned architect, specializes in industrial design, interior design and town planning.

Born in Palazzolo della Stella, near Udine (Italy), she graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1954, and opened his own private practice. Among numerous professional activities practiced, Gae Aulenti undertakes architectural work in various parts of Europe and the United States.

Among his most important works of architecture are:
- The transformation of the Gare d'Orsay Musée d'Orsay in the nineteenth century (1980-86, Paris, France.).
- The design of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou (1982-85, Paris, France.).
- The design of the Palazzo Grassi (1985, Venice, Italy.).
- The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (1985, Barcelona, ​​Spain.).
- The direction of the restoration and CONVERSION of the Papal Stables (1999, Rome, Italy.).
- The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (1997-2001, San Francisco, USA.).

Part of a group of young people affected by the thought of working with Ernesto Rogers Casabella magazine from 1955 to 1965 as art director. In 1950 and in 1960 participates in the movement which will then be called Neo-art-nouveau (or Neo-liberty), whose components appear in many of his original works. From 1960 to 1962 taught at the University of Venice. From 1964 to 1967 at the Polytechnic of Milan.

In 1966 is associated with the manufacturing industry machinery business for which he created the Olivetti showroom including Olivetti Shop (1966, Paris, France.). In 1968 is associated with the industry producing Fiat cars for whom he designed installations for exhibitions, trade stands and showrooms. Among shoroom are one in Zurich (1969-70, Zurich, Switzerland.), Of Brussels (1970, Brussels, Belgium.), And Turin (1970, Turin, Italy.).

In 1963 he began working as an industrial designer for the firm Zanotta, and about the same time creates original lamps Bat for Martinelli Luce. His creations for Zanotta include: stool April (1963), Chair April (1963/1988), Folding Chair April (1964), Locus Solus Series (1965), Chair Solus (1965), Table Festo (1970), Work table Gaetano (1971), Queen Bettone (1971), Bettino Bed (1972), Chair Tripolina (1973), Work table Hinge (1983), San Marco dining table (1984), Console Appia (1984), Game table Briscolo (1985), Office Series (1986).

Gae Aulenti in 1974 designed his office and apartment in Milan, and in 1975 his country house near Assisi.

In 1985 he began working for iGuzzini lighting creating a lighting system for the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the basket system, designed specifically as a lighting system for exhibitions, to serve in many of its assembly work to museums.

That same year, complete the design of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou (1982-85, Paris, France.), And the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (1985, Barcelona, ​​Spain.).

In 1986 complete the transformation of the Gare d'Orsay, a typical subway station of the French nineteenth century, the Musée d'Orsay (1980-86, Paris, France.).

In 1992 he created the Italian Pavilion for the International Trade Fair Expo in Seville, in collaboration with Piero Castiglione and the technology of lighting iGuzzini. While working for iGuzzini also complete the following projects: between 1997 and 1999, he directed the restoration of the papal stables of the Quirinal Palace in Rome, in 2000 and restructuring the spaces of Villa Litta Panza di Biumo Menafoglio trasformndoli in exhibition areas.

In 2001 develops a miniaturized version of the lighting system for the basket SirrahiGuzzini, designed for application in small spaces.

His work, shown successfully in many exhibitions, won numerous competitions.

After moving from prgettazione of houses and showrooms for more important work, Gae Aulenti, like many other modern architects, he works for a wide range of projects, in addition to architecture, includes industrial design and interior design.