Gae Aulenti’s Locus Solus chairs design for Poltronova were intended to be poolside seating, made of enamelled tubular steel with padded seats. Part homage and part parody of the tubular furniture of functionalist modernism, the result is a much-revived icon of 60s design.
Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) was a renowned Italian architect. Her projects include key cultural landmarks – Musée d’Orsay (1980–86) and the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the restoration of Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1985–86). Often straying from architecture into furniture, exhibitions, graphics and interiors, her core sensibility is best understood in her own words: “Advice to whoever asks me how to make a home is to not have anything, just a few shelves for books, some pillows to sit on… to take a stand against the ephemeral, against passing trends [and] return to lasting values.”
Age-wear to chrome, seat pads reupholstered in cream mohair.
H66 W56 D53cm