Up 1 Chair
Italy, 1969
Gaetano Pesce

Cassina and Busnelli Italia (C & B)
Molded polyurethane foam, stretch fabric upholstery
24¹³⁄₁₆ x 36⅝  x 30¹¹⁄₁₆”

Born in La Spezia, Italy, Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice. In over 42 years of practice, the versatile Pesce has undertaken a range of commissions from architecture to urban planning, interior design, industrial design, lighting, furniture, and publishing. As one of the most unconventional and multi-talented designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, he has become known for his explorations of, and innovative approaches to, materials and production processes. He is particularly well known for his work in resin. Pesce has resided in New York since 1980, and taught at several institutions including Cooper Union in New York, and the Institut d'Architecture et d'Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg. His work has won numerous awards, and is included in the peramanent collections of many museums such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. —Cooper Hewitt

(Photo: Cooper Hewitt)