Gae Aulenti was one of the few women in 1950s and 1960s Europe to gain notoriety as an architect and designer. One of her most fascinating and recognizable creations is the Tour Table, a glass table that is equal parts useful home object and sensational art piece.
Aulenti’s Tour Table features four rotating bicycle tire casters. The half-inch glass top gives a full view of the unusual base, letting you watch the tires rotate or simply enjoying the graceful shapes.
Designed in 1993, the Tour Table was one of Aulenti’s later works. Perhaps the rolling design represents a commentary on the rushed, always-moving lifestyles we have accepted in the modern world.
Whether it is meant to be seen as a work of art or a functional dining table, the Tour Table is an incredible piece of design. It has earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it has earned Gae Aulenti permanent status as an influential and talented designer.