Gae Aulenti 'Locus Solus' Tubular Armchairs for Zanotta
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Gae Aulenti for Zanotta, set of twelve 'Locus Solus' armchairs, chromed tubular steel, blue leatherette, Italy, 1964.
Set of twelve 'Locus Solus' armchairs. These armchairs, designed by Gae Aulenti and produced by Zanotta, are one of Aulenti’s most playful design pieces, with close features of the architectural structures she designed for Milan's Piazza Cadorna. The design was initially meant for outdoor use and merged functional aspects with pop attitude. The tubular chairs are also featured in the iconic movie 'La Piscine', for which Aulenti created them in bright yellow. This chromed version with blue leatherette seats have a more classic appearance and can be a great addition to a contemporary home. Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) was an Italian architect. She is well-known for several large-scale museum projects, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Aulenti was at the forefront of Italian post-war design. Her design was meant to make connections with both history and future of Italy. The postmodern movement that Aulenti belonged to refused to design in the objective language of the modernists. This Avant Garde Postmodern design movement was the beginning of new type of Italian art, architecture and design.