The Fish that Spawned Sebastian

Marisa Bartolucci
May 10, 2013 5:28PM

Before there was design art, there was Gaetano Pesce. If you want to see the work of one of the most influential pioneers of Italian post-war modern design--the creator of the iconic La Mamma chair, among other masterworks--hoof it over to the Collective.1 Design Fair, where there is a small, but revealing exhibition of his work. A precocious artistic talent, at 17, he declared in the catalogue to his first exhibition "the right to be incoherent." And he has confounded, affronted, and dazzled ever since. Dissatisfied with creating art that would live apart from life, Pesce went on to study architecture, so that he might bring his molten emotions to the creation of objects, furnishings and buildings. Hence the ample bosomed armchair La Mamma, the shroud-like Golgotha chair, the Knife in the Wall lighting fixture, and the Vesuvio espresso maker. While at the fair, which is located in the wonderfully atmospheric Maritime Terminal, don't miss the installation of Sebastian Errazuriz, who is as much a child of Pesce as he is Duchamp.  

Collective .1 Design Fair

Marisa Bartolucci
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