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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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Gae Aulenti Jumbo Table for Knoll in Carrara Marble
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Gae Aulenti Jumbo table for Knoll in Cararra marble top and column legs, support of top gravitational. Top has been professionally polished, no water, glass marks or staining. Gavin...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble

Gae Aulenti Nero Marquina Jumbo Table
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
Jumbo marble coffee table by Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) for Knoll International. Constructed of fine quality Italian marble circa 1964. Gae Aulenti, Italian architect and designer w...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Gae Aulenti 'Jumbo' Coffee Table in Carrara White Marble
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Antwerp, BE
Carrara marble coffee table, Jumbo, Gae Aulenti, Knoll, 1960s, Italy Gae Aulenti Jumbo table for Knoll in Carrara marble top and column legs. Designed in 1964, produced by Gavina...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Rare Granite 'Jumbo' Cocktail Table by Gae Aulenti for Knoll International, 1980
By Knoll, Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This table is a showstopper - a custom ordered, in deep black polished granite, 1980s produced by Knoll International, "Jumbo" cocktail table designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965, origina...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Granite

Gae Aulenti International Jumbo Marble Coffee Table
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Chicago, IL
Jumbo marble coffee table by Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) for Knoll International. Constructed of fine quality Italian marble, circa 1964.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Marble

Gae Aulenti Travertine Coffee Table "Jumbo", Italy, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Brussels, BE
Gae Aulenti travertine coffee table "Jumbo", Italy, 1960s.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Travertine

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

Gae Aulenti Jumbo Coffee Table Knoll International, 1965
By Gae Aulenti, Knoll
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stunning and early edition 'Jumbo' coffee table designed by Gae Aulenti and manufactured by Knoll International, Italy, 1965. This example was made in stunning black marquina marble ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Belgian Black Marble

Gae Aulenti Jumbo Carrara Marble Table
By Gae Aulenti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic marble table by Gae Aulenti in Carrara marble. Stunning design. Very few available for sale. Good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Carrara Marble