Coffee table 'Tavolo con Ruote' by Gae Aulenti for Fontana Arte
[SOLD] Iconic coffee table by Gae Aulenti for Fontana Arte, Italy. Model 'Tavolo con Ruote' or "Table with Wheels' designed in 1980.
Is there anything to tell about this famous table that you don't already know? Maybe a bit of design history:
Gae Aulenti (1927-2912) came up with this design idea in 1980 while sitting in her studio watching workmen rolling big lumps of glass on trolleys from the wharehouse to the factory. She transformed this piece of industrial equipment into an elegant and airy design keeping the wheels as most siginificant part. She deliberately kept the way the wheels are mounted to the glass top as close to the original factory trolleys as possible, thus emphasizing the provenance of the idea. Cleverrr!
About Gae Aulenti:
A native of Palazzolo dello Stella (Friuli), Gaetana Aulenti studied to be an architect at the Milan School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University, and graduated in 1954 as one of only two women in a class of 20. She grew up playing the piano and reading books. She told The Times that she studied architecture in defiance of her parents’ hope that she would become “a nice society girl.” She soon joined the staff of Casabella, a design magazine, and joined with her peers in rejecting the architecture of masters like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. They called themselves the “Neo Liberty” movement, where they favored traditional building methods coupled with individual stylistic expression.
We bought this piece from the first collector owner. It's marked 'Fontana Arte' in the corner of the glass top.
Straight edges and corners with no damages, only some superficial scratches from careful use. Wheels like new. Rare in this condition!
Width: 100 x 100cm