A great protagonist of the Italian culture has left us: among the many international prestigious projects, she’s been the author of an innovative kitchen designed back in 1993 for Snaidero.
She’s been the only female architect to be given, in Italy, rightful space and important consignments. She signed remarkable pieces and projects, and was a true protagonist of the architectural movements in the second half of the '900. Gae Aulenti, passed away on the 1st of November, was actually born in Friuli. In her career she designed important and well-known international projects such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the restoration of Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and the Institute of Italian Culture in Tokyo. But the wide artistic and architectural production of Gae Aulenti also includes a kitchen, designed for us in 1993. The artist of the “space” deeply believed in the interaction between the different disciplines. "You cannot perform any architectural work without knowing music, philosophy, art, literature”.
The kitchen Etra by Gae Aulenti fully reflects her design philosophy: practicality and tradition, balanced proportion and elegance, space essentiality and functionality. For her, in design, as well as in architecture, it is essential to think of simple and basic shapes which, unrelated to transitory and ephemeral trends, prove to be more lasting and convincing.
With Etra, Gae Aulenti tests in the kitchen the innovative use of natural materials such as the marble, the wood, the colored glass and the copper: all these elements allow her to combine manufacturing tradition with technological innovation.
In Snaidero we are highly proud of this project: this is how we want to remember and salute Gae Aulenti, the Lady of architecture, a reserved and deeply human person who has marked a period, thanks to her unique and extremely refined comprehensible design, besides a rare ability to interpret the contemporary culture.