Design Legend Gaetano Pesce Likes His Furniture Feminist
The Vesuvio Coffee Maker is based on the traditional Italian "Napolitana" style coffee maker and, of course, Mount Vesuvius in Naples. In a New York Times article by Susanne Slesin in 1993, she notes, Mr. Pesce disdains all coffee makers designed and manufactured since the Bauhaus. "Too abstract and formal," he said "I wanted an object that talked more to me about reality." Mr. Pesce feels that the future of design is about "feeling emotion". "We have to give society something it needs and that people need to develop a relationship with the objects around them", he said. Originally Pesce planned to change the color of the resin around the top each year in production, so collectors would be able to date their Vesuvio.
Signature: Stamped signature on bottom of base.
Image rights: The Modern Archive
Manufacturer: Zani & Zani
Designed 1988/89 and produced 1993. No longer in production. Made in Italy. Very good condition. This piece includes the original box with a story written by Pesce in Italian and English. Copy of the original instructions included.
“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 Perfection is for machines, it is obsolete, gone,” Italian designer Gaetano Pesce has said.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