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Jumbo Coffee Table

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The Jumbo coffee table was more than just a piece of furniture to Gae Aulenti (1927–2012). As a participant in Italy’s Neo-Liberty movement in the late 1950s, she rejected the omnipresent Bauhaus modernist aesthetic and instead chose to create pieces that exemplified her taste for classical design with a modern edge. The Jumbo coffee table, with its opulent marble top and sculpted column legs, epitomized her approach. Weighing nearly 450 pounds, the table is unquestionably heavy yet it still maintains a graceful air that hearkens back to Aulenti’s adoration for classic Roman architecture, a seductive characteristic of her late-career architectural projects, too, such as her conversion of a train station to the Musée d’Orsay for impressionist art as well as the renovation of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi into an exhibition space.

In 1954, decades before she transformed a Paris landmark transit hub into a museum, Aulenti graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan as one of only two women in her class. She became known for her industrial design work and as a vocal advocate for rejecting postwar Italian architecture. Gianni Agnelli, the chairman of Fiat, was impressed with her passion and commissioned her to design his company’s showrooms in Turin, Zurich and Brussels. Aulenti’s work for Fiat yielded another design opportunity, this time, at Knoll, where she designed the company’s showrooms in Boston and New York City. In 1972, Knoll began to manufacture her Jumbo coffee table, which she initially designed in 1965. The company made Aulenti’s table available in three marble finishes: Calacatta, Carrara and Nero Marquina.

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Jumbo Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International
By Gae Aulenti
Located in amstelveen, NL
Jumbo coffee table in Arabescato marble, designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International in the 1960s. Square table top with four cylindrical cluster legs. The marble is in a beautif...
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Late 20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Classic Italian Design “Jumbo” Coffee Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Renens, CH
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect active during the post-war period has designed buildings, interiors, furniture and lamps during her career, many of them well-known such as the Musé...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

Gae Aulenti 'Jumbo' Marble Coffee Table
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in New Orleans, LA
Gae Aulenti 'Jumbo' coffee table. Carved of polished Calacatta Gold marble. Designed in 1964 and made by Knoll. Features cluster legs and is known for its graceful forms and opulent ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Gae Aulenti Marble Table
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous "jumbo" black marble coffee table designed by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International. Four solid column legs support square top with interlocking corners.   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble