Happy Birthday, Gaetano Pesce!
Gaetano Pesce turned 65 on November 8. The designer became internationally famous in the late 1960s, especially with his seating furniture series "Up".
Architectural critic Herbert Muschamp describes him as the "architectural equivalent of a brainstorm": Gaetano Pesce studied in Venice and has since been working as an artist, designer and architect worldwide, from Europe and Japan to the United States and Brazil. His work is considered unconventional, even controversial. One of his most famous industrial designs is the "Up" series, including a voluptuously shaped armchair reminiscent of the curves of a woman. Manufacturers like B&B Italia, Knoll, Cassina and Vitra have produced his furniture designs. As an architect, he realized buildings like the "Organic Building" in Osaka, Japan.
Since 1980, Gaetano Pesce has been living in New York. He was active as a guest professor in many institutions, including Cooper Union in New York. Pesce's objects are part of the permanent collection of many renowned museums – for example the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 1996, a comprehensive retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris was dedicated to his work. From the beginning, Pesce has always looked for new materials and unconventional, unique designs because the designer believes: "People are all different. Why should the objects we surround ourselves with all be the same?"