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Gae Aulenti Ruspa Lamp

Anatomy of a classic Italian design icon: La Ruspa by Gae Aulenti. We are pleased to announce that Gae Aulenti's seminal work, La Ruspa, is made available again through nova68. La Ruspa was designed by Italian designer Gae Aulenti for Martinelli Luce in 1967-68. Drawing inspiration from the design of the arm of an excavator, Gae Aulenti created a remarkable sculptural table lamp with a spatial appearance. Uniquely beautiful, Gae Aulenti's La Ruspa is a modern classic that evokes a world of luxury and Italian sophistication.

The iconic La Ruspa is considered to be a study in futurism and heralded the start of the Italian Space Age design movement which ran between 1968-1972. La Ruspa provides both direct- and indirect light.  This lamp is available in a single-arm-, and four-arm edition and comes in a classic white lacquered finish. The lamp in the upper right corner is the Pipistrello Lamp.

La Ruspa has an adjustable, articulated arm body structure in extruded aluminum. Its swiveling reflectors provide an infinite number of ways to direct the light. La Ruspa fulfills that essential criterion of good modern design which is that it is both uniquely modern and functional. The much sought-after La Ruspa is justifiably regarded as one of the most exceptional icons of Italian design and is included in numerous design- and museum collections.

Gae Aulenti was born in Palazzolo dello Stella, Italy, on December 4th, 1927. Gae Aulenti is one of the most accomplished and influential designers of her generation. Gae Aulenti stands out as one of Italy's most versatile and eclectic architect/designers of the postwar period. From domestic architecture in Milan to storefronts around the world, from the classic lamps and furniture of the 1960s and 1970s to the conversion of a railway terminus into the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, from the magnificent austerity of a Tuscan garden to the gigantic sets for operas at La Scala, Gae Aulenti's ability to express a unified vision in a variety of forms has remained supreme. In many ways her unique contribution can be seen as a total cultural production across a lifetime rather than the familiar architect’s aspiration to achieve a total work of art. She occupies an indisputable position in the history of design, not only in Italy but worldwide.

Gae Aulenti has been the recipient of numerous design awards and her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.