Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce is a major figure in post-war Italian and world design. It is difficult to sum up a work as protean and rich as his. In fact, if you take a look at his biography, you will see that he is an architect, environmental designer, painter, sculptor, stylist, scenographer, teacher and contemporary philosopher! His talent, which is open to disciplines other than design, is a sign of a strong personality, open to the world, which is reflected in the creation of his pieces.


Born in La Spezia in 1939, Gaetano Pesce studied architecture at the IUAV in Venice and attended the Institute of Industrial Design, an experimental school. Since 1962 he has been working in the field of design, experimenting with new materials and unusual forms. In 1969, the designer created perhaps his most emblematic work, the UP5 Donna or Chair Up Dressed. This armchair, with its evocative shapes, is an ode to femininity... imprisoned and under the yoke of male domination. "This design allowed me to express my vision of women. Always sedentary, she remains a prisoner of herself in spite of herself. The shape of this armchair, evoking the generous forms of a woman, held back by a ball and chain, allowed me to refer to the traditional image of the prisoner. In 1972, he took part in the famous exhibition "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape" at MoMA in New York, with a proposal for a house. Experimentation and irony are also to be found in the projects carried out for Cassina, including the Tramonto a New York sofa (1980) and the I Feltri armchair (1987). After a long stay in Paris, in 1983, he settled in New York where he lives and works. His work can be found in the world's most important design museums.

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