1. Gae Aulenti, House Environment, (1972)

    In 1972 as part of the “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” exhibition at the MoMA in New York, Aulenti designed one of the “environments,” a divided room punctuated by pyramidal shapes at each corner. Her aim was to create furniture that would appear in a room as buildings on a skyline and remind the viewer of “the interaction between objects of design and architectural space.” Aulenti also wrote the accompanying essay to the project, outlining her belief that the “conscious principle in this design has been to achieve forms that could create experiences, and that could at the same time welcome everyone’s experiences with the serenity of an effortless development.” Throughout her career Aulenti’s public architecture and design is augmented by her keen theoretical studies of the work. However, she maintained a modest and very personal view of the elements of home design, believing that the inhabitant makes the space. In an interview in a 1970 issue of Vogue her “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. And then, to take a stand against the ephemeral, against passing trends…and to return to lasting values.”

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