Design Legend Gaetano Pesce Likes His Furniture Feminist
Bottom noted "Fish Design 456"
Traditional materials did not satisfy Gaetano Pesce's curiosity. Once he discovered polyurethane resins, he was intrigued by its responsiveness to his artistic expression. He created a company in 1994 called Fish Design to create and distribute a series of objects produced in resin including bowls, vases, serving trays, lamps, mirrors, and clocks. The collection was shown at the Milan Fair in 1996 to wide praise from the international press. In his studio, a mold was used and multiple colors of translucent and colored resins could be hand-poured into the mold. This innovative technique, produced one-of-a-kind pieces within a series, with the meeting of the colors and opacities along with the unpredictability of resin. It was as if the materials capture a moment in the making of a 3-D object.
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“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 Perfection is for machines, it is obsolete, gone,” Italian designer Gaetano Pesce has said.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