GAETANO PESCE

Gaetano Pesce was born in 1939 in La Spezia. After residing in Venice, London, Helsinki and Paris he moves to New York in 1980 where he still lives nowadays. From his first manifesto composed when he was seventeen through his studies, travels, experimentations, education, Pesce's experience was global and innovations introduced by him were always pioneering . He teaches for 28 years at Institut d'Architecture et d'Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg and he lectures in the most influential cultural institutes and in the most renowned universities of the world. His multidisciplinary works are part of permanent collections of MoMa and Metropolitan Meuseum in New York, of Victoria and Albert Muesum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, in the German Vitra Design Museum and Montreal Museum of Art, as well as other museums in Japan, Portugal and Finland. His works – in architectural circles, town planning, interior design for exhibition or industry – stand out for the unlimited use of color and obstinate employment of revolutionary materials, developed thanks to new technologies. The constant research and trust in advanced materials lead, in Pesce's case, to continuous innovations, in both form and production. For example the iconic Up#5, the Mother of Up series (1969), was the first industrial product bearing a political message, a denounce of women status, with the seat chained to his pouf. Among the most famous from Pesce, the presence at the legendary Italy: the new domestic landscape in 1972 at Moma. The retrospective on his career titled Gaetano Pesce: le temps de questions at Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition at Milano Triennale in 2005, Gaetano Pesce: il rumore del tempo. Pesce was also awarded with prestigious "Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design" in 1993, the "Architektur & Wohnen Designer of the Year" in 2006 and the "Lawrence J. Israel Prize", conferred by Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, in 2009. Pesce's cooperation with Meritalia began in 2002 when during Salone del Mobile, for the collateral event "GrandHotelSalone", they introduced together the Room of Moscow, an hotel room conceived by Pesce and destined to an imaginary luxury Hotel in Moscow. Since then the designer kept on in expressing himself through the company, sharing with it his great passion for experimentation and making works that bears images and signs able to evocate visions suitable for even the simplest of its user: from sofa La Smorfia in 2003 to Shadow (2007), the revolutionary armchair without shape that becomes each time a different seat, the modular sofa La Michetta (2005), Tavolone (2007), Nubola (2007), Gli Amici (2009), Colorado (2009) and sofa Montanara (2009) dedicated to winter and upholstered with images that picture vivid scenarios of mountains, trees, clouds and waterfalls. In 2010, Pesce and Meritalia introduced to Salone del Mobile three new collections: Le Edizioni del Pesce, Senza Fine and La Fiorita, series dedicated to spring. At last the fulfillment of two new projects: Il Giullare, a modular sofa which recalls the hat of a joker, and Senza Fine Unica, an edition of unique pieces of chair Senza Fine, exhibited at 54th Biennal of Art in Venice and destined to art galleries.

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