Locus Solus Armchair
DESIGN BY: Gae Aulenti
Gae Aulenti designed a series of pieces of garden furniture for Poltronova that were called Locus Solus 1963. They were made of enameled tubular steel in anything but sober colors: orange and lemon yellow, and later pistachio green and eggplant. The cushions were padded with polyvinyl and covered with a cotton-jute mix printed with a pattern—designed in collaboration with students at the Art School in Pistoia—of concentric circles in gaudy colors on a white ground. Aulenti came up with a parody of the tubular metal furniture typical of Rationalism, treating it in Pop fashion.