Italian Design

Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti was born in Palazzolo dello Stella in Italy on December 4, 1927 as Gaetana Aulent.  Against her parents’ wishes, who wanted her to be a nice society girl, she tudied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic Univesity, graduating in 1954 as one of two women in a class of 20.   After graduation, she went to work for the design magazine, Casabella, where she was art director from 1955 until 1965.  After getting her doctorate, she taught at the Venice School of Architecture and at the Milan School of Architecture from 1964 to 1967.  During that period, she designed the interio

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