Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) was a renowned Italian architect, famous for key cultural landmarks – the Musée d’Orsay (1980–86), 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, graphic and interiors, her design ethos 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.”
With the Locus Solus daybed, Aulenti opts for understated refinement and multi-functionalism – a minimalist chrome-plated tubular frame forming a sofa, bed or daybed. This one has been cleaned and reupholstered in a lemon ‘ponyhair’ – made from cowhide. The frame is structurally sound and presents few minor signs of age and light tarnishing.
H58 W200 D85cm