Gae Aulenti (born Gaetana Aulenti; 4 December 1927 - 1 November 2012) was an Italian architect, lighting and interior designer, and industrial designer. She is well known for several large-scale museum projects, including Musée d'Orsay in Paris (1980–86), the Contemporary Art Gallery at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (1985–86), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2000–2003). Gae was one of the few women designing in the postwar period in Italy, and created many elegant pieces.
A native of Palazzolo dello Stella (Friuli), she studied in Milan. She worked for the design magazine Casabella from 1955 until 1965 as an art director, and become part of a group of young professionals influenced by the philosophy of Ernesto Nathan Rogers. Aulenti has also occasionally worked as a stage designer for Luca Ronconi.
Gae studied to be an architect at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Architecture and graduated in 1959. She worked for the magazine Casabella Continuita doing graphic design work and later served on the board of directors for the renamed Lotus International magaizine. Gae taught, after getting her doctorate, at Venice School of Architecture from 1960–1962 and at the Milan School of Architecture from 1964- 1967. During this time Gae also designed for a department store, La Rinascente and later designed furniture for Zanotta, where she created two of her most well known pieces,the "April" folding chair which was made from stainless steel with a removable cover, and her "Sanmarco" table constructed from plate- glass. She then also served as vice- president of the Association Of Industrial Design.