Designer : Gae Aulenti
Editor : Venini
Creation date : 1994
Materials : Hand-blown glass: Murano glass. Technique: "pulegoso" glass
Width (cm) : 66
Height (cm) : 20
“Pulegoso” glass is one of the most successful techniques created by the artist Napoleone Martinuzzi. It is a glass paste, enriched with many small bubbles of air, by adding a chemical substance that causes this type of reaction. Sometimes, gold leaves are also added.
We can find very large vases, animal figures or plants using this technique. It is also found in some lighting projects because it gives a very special effect to light.
Italian designer (1927 - 2012)
Gaetana Aulenti is a pioneer amongst the generation of female architects of the 20th century. Designer, architect and theoretician internationally famous, she is known in particular for having designed the interiors of Museums of Orsay and Georges Pompidou Center in Paris in the 1980s. Specialist in the development of public spaces, Gae Aulenti is also a talented designer. She is responsible for timeless icons of 20th century design such as the Pipistrello lamp (1965) for Martinelli Luce or the Tavolo con ruote table on wheels (1980) for Fontana Arte.
She has worked for the biggest publishers: Knoll, Artemide or Fontana Arte, of which she was the artistic director.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she designed many pieces of furniture and objects, which she did not hesitate to make accessible to everyone by creating series for the general public. She was challenged in the 1970s by radical designers (Sottsass, Mendini, Branzi…) who, although recognizing the quality of her work, saw her as a representative of the consumerism. Her fame and achievements, which have become international, imposed themselves not only in Italy but also in Europe and the United States.