Design Legend Gaetano Pesce Likes His Furniture Feminist
The chair was named for Pesce's New York workshop on Crosby Street. It has two faces; one smiling face on the back of the chair and one side profile in the seat. Approximately 40 chairs were made and around 4 of those were child-sized. Each chair was hand produced with different colors and details, making each one unique within the series. A full size version was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the "Century of a Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000" exhibition July 29 - Nov 5, 2012. Also a full size version of this chair is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Signature: Not signed
Image rights: The Modern Archive
Manufacturer: Produced in artists workshop.
A version was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the "Century of a Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000" exhibition July 29 - Nov 5, 2012.
“I like beauty full of mistakes because we are human. Perfection is for machines, it is obsolete, gone,” Italian designer Gaetano Pesce has said. Throughout his career, Pesce’s exuberant work has experimented with color and industrial materials like polyurethane foam, resin, and plastics. Recent projects have been inspired by natural forms, like a couch that looks like a mountain range and tables that call to mind bodies of water (complete with miniature beaches and islands). But perhaps his most radical innovation is the combination of social commentary and design. In his iconic UP 5 & 6 sofa and ottoman from 1969, a curvaceous chair based on the female form with a ball and chain for an ottoman, the beautiful piece contains an embedded commentary on the oppression of women around the world.
Italian, b. 1939, La Spezia, Italy