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Gaetano Pesce, born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, is a renowned architect and designer known for his innovative and unconventional approach to design. While he initially studied architecture in Venice, he was dissatisfied with the rigid and rationalist curriculum, which emphasized standardization and prescribed materials. Pesce's desire to explore new materials and technologies led him to create furniture and objects that were expressive, artistic, and unconventional in form.

In the early 1960s, Pesce was part of a generation of Italian architects who challenged the perfect industrial aesthetics of modernism. He aimed to infuse his creations with distinct personalities, addressing contemporary issues and diversifying mass production to give each piece individuality.

In 1964, Pesce collaborated with Cesare Cassina, the visionary behind C&B Italia (now B&B Italia), a progressive furniture company in Milan. This collaboration resulted in significant designs, including the "Up" collection of transformational furniture made entirely from high-density polyurethane foam. Pesce's technical expertise and creativity led to the creation of the iconic "Up" chair and ottoman, which could be vacuum-sealed for easy shipping and regained their original shape upon unpacking.

Pesce continued his exploration of innovative materials, experimenting with polyurethane and resin-soaked felt to create unique furniture pieces. His Sit Down collection featured loveseats and armchairs with random folds in the fabric, making each piece similar yet distinct. Later, in 1987, he introduced the I Feltri armchairs, showcasing his mastery of polyurethane and felt.

Throughout his career, Gaetano Pesce has challenged established rules and expectations, pushing the boundaries of design and establishing himself as one of the most influential figures in art and design worldwide. His works continue to captivate audiences with their expressive forms, unconventional materials, and distinctive personalities.


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