Saturday, June 17, 2017

Oh, patents! Gae Aulenti

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann
Questions: Who redesigned the Old Main Library in San Francisco, transforming it from the inside out into the New Asian Art Museum? Who transformed the old Paris Orsay train station into a fabulous museum of contemporary art ? 
Answer: None other than Gae Aulenti, a famous Italian architect, and designer.
Gae Aulenti [1927-1912] also designed furniture. In 1974 she was awarded the US design patent USD232655S for a table lamp. A picture of the patent drawings and of a marketed embodiment are included below.

As a reminder the difference between a design and a utility patent is the following:
“a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a "design patent" protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171)” (USPTO)
Aisan Art Museum in San Francisco
Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France

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