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Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe

Vitra Schaudepot
Gae Aulenti (1927–2012) was one of the few Italian women in architecture and design to rise to prominence in the postwar years. If Italy came to be the dominant force in international product design in the 1960s, Aulenti’s iconic »Locus Solus« series (1964) or the »Pipistrello« lamp (1965) for the interior of the Paris Olivetti showroom played an important part. As an architect, Aulenti gained worldwide recognition for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which she famously converted from a former train station from 1980 to 1986. An exhibition at the Vitra Schaudepot in spring 2020 will present her multifaceted work, which also included projects in the fields of set, exhibition, and interior design.
Gae Aulenti, Pipistrello, 1965 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin
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