Elegant Milan Home of Designer Gae Aulenti

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June 10, 2014
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  A limited-edition Roy Lichtenstein carpet dominates one wall of designer and architect Gae Aulenti’s living room in Milan. She lived in this Brera apartment, mostly furnished with her own designs, such as her 1964 April folding chairs for Zanotta—from 1974 until her death in October 2012.
    A limited-edition Roy Lichtenstein carpet dominates one wall of designer and architect Gae Aulenti’s living room in Milan. She lived in this Brera apartment, mostly furnished with her own designs, such as her 1964 April folding chairs for Zanotta—from 1974 until her death in October 2012.
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  One of Aulenti’s architectural additions to the existing apartment was a catwalk over the living room that leads to a solarium, lit in the evening by one of her 1967 King Sun lamps for Kartell. The door opens onto a roof garden that overlooks the Piazza San Marco.
    One of Aulenti’s architectural additions to the existing apartment was a catwalk over the living room that leads to a solarium, lit in the evening by one of her 1967 King Sun lamps for Kartell. The door opens onto a roof garden that overlooks the Piazza San Marco.
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  Books from Aulenti’s extensive library overflow onto stools—designed by Alvar Aalto and produced by Artek—in her bedroom. The door handle, Otto A, is her own design for Fusital, from 1978.
    Books from Aulenti’s extensive library overflow onto stools—designed by Alvar Aalto and produced by Artek—in her bedroom. The door handle, Otto A, is her own design for Fusital, from 1978.
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  British Pop artist Peter Blake’s 1968 Babe Rainbow print hangs amid pottery and kitchen utensils on Aulenti’s stove in her tiny galley kitchen.
    British Pop artist Peter Blake’s 1968 Babe Rainbow print hangs amid pottery and kitchen utensils on Aulenti’s stove in her tiny galley kitchen.
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  The wicker chair at Aulenti’s bedroom desk is one of her own designs for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In the mid-1980s, Aulenti transformed the Belle Époque train station into the world-renowned museum it is today.
    The wicker chair at Aulenti’s bedroom desk is one of her own designs for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In the mid-1980s, Aulenti transformed the Belle Époque train station into the world-renowned museum it is today.
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  Aulenti bought her apartment and office at the same time in 1973 and reconfigured them to connect via a doorway on the top floor. Aulenti’s family is now considering using the space, which is still as she left it, as the headquarters of her official archives. The sofa is covered in a textile that Aulenti picked up on her travels, and her Festo table—designed for Zanotta—sports a custom felt top.
    Aulenti bought her apartment and office at the same time in 1973 and reconfigured them to connect via a doorway on the top floor. Aulenti’s family is now considering using the space, which is still as she left it, as the headquarters of her official archives. The sofa is covered in a textile that Aulenti picked up on her travels, and her Festo table—designed for Zanotta—sports a custom felt top.
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