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Aldo Tura

This idiosyncratic designer is one of the most unique talents of the Italian midcentury. Born in 1909, Aldo Tura founded his workshop near Milan in 1939 and began producing bar carts, table lamps, dining chairs and more. His inimitable style fused Art Deco elements with Art Nouveau influences, all pared down with a minimalist aesthetic. Tura's mirrors, console tables, bar cabinets and bar accessories all featured flowing lines and free shapes in intense and striking palettes of red, chocolate brown, emerald green and yellow. He outfitted his pieces in unique and luxurious materials like egg shell, lacquered goatskin, wood veneering and bronze finishes, and became known as the “master of parchment” because of his love with the material. During a period of time that increasingly favored mass production, Tura was committed to creating singular, limited production designs made using traditional methods. He remained faithful to this metier throughout his career, embracing artisanal techniques and even including hand-painted scenes and architectural motifs on his furnishings. Luxe and highly labor intensive, Aldo Tura’s work is highly collectible and defies categorization.