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Sgarsul Rocking Chair

Inabstracto Collection

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Design by Italian Architect Gae Aulenti for Poltronova in 1962. Bentwood, reupholstered in black canvas.

Aulenti is known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris (1980–86) with ACT Architecture, the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the restoration of Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1985–86), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco with HOK (firm) (2000–2003). Aulenti was one of the few women designing in the postwar period in Italy, where Italian designers sought to make meaningful connections to production principles beyond Italy.This avant-garde design movement blossomed into an entirely new type of Italian architecture, one full of imaginary utopias leaving standardization to the past.

Aulenti will be remembered for her 1980-1986 renovation of Beaux Arts Paris train station.