Sanmarco 2571

Design Gae Aulenti - 2008

Table and bench for outdoors and indoors. Demountable steel frame painted white for outdoor use combined with 8-mm- thick laminate top in white. Upon request a seat cushion upholstered with polyurethane/heat-bound polyester fibre and with removable fabric cover, is available for the bench.

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From design to product

A special place in the large corpus of projects realised by Gae Aulenti was occupied for at least twenty years by design. A context in which the student of Ernesto Nathan Rogers has always shown an almost congenital elegance in her every action: the one who designed the severe Sanmarco table, the one who spoke of living in her own world, and a behaviour that did not follow popular standards, but consisted of ever-changing actions in which we rediscover original experimentation with construction (for example the removable steel structure based on and derived, through a process of simplification, from the one made entirely of extruded aluminium with die-cast joints, the model Festo designed 15 years earlier), and her ability to change languages confidently, evolving from rationalism to the correct use of the technology and materials of the time, and finally reaching a clearly “Hi-Tech” style.

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