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Gaetano Pesce Tramonto

Gaetano Pesce Tramonto a New York Screen for Cassina, Italy - new
By Cassina, Gaetano Pesce
Located in Berlin, DE
Gaetano Pesce Tramonto a New York Screen for Cassina, Italy - new. Made of artificial resin with
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Screens and Room Dividers

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Brass

Sofa model “Tramonto a New York” by Gaetano Pesce, 1980
By Gaetano Pesce
Located in Barcelona, ES
Sofa model “Tramonto a New York” Manufactured by Cassina Italy, 1980 Fabric, wood, polyurethane
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Vintage 1980s Italian Sofas

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Fabric, Polystyrene, Wood

Italian modern Tramonto a New York modular sofa, Gaetano Pesce for Cassina, 1984
By Gaetano Pesce, Cassina
Located in MIlano, IT
limited series of 50 pieces and designed by Gaetano Pesce in those years, this sofa is an authentic
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Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
By Gaetano Pesce, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair model Feltri designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1987. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Crafted
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
H 51.19 in W 28.75 in D 25.99 in
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Gaetano Pesce
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair model Feltri designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1987. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
H 51.19 in W 28.75 in D 25.99 in
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Gaetano Pesce
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair model Feltri designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1987. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
H 51.19 in W 28.75 in D 25.99 in
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
By Gaetano Pesce, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair model Feltri designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1987. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Crafted
Category

2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
H 51.19 in W 28.75 in D 25.99 in
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
By Gaetano Pesce, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wool

Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
Gaetano Pesce Feltri Armchair by Cassina
H 51.19 in W 28.75 in D 25.99 in

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1 of 50 limited edition Tramonto A New York Sofa by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina
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Sunset in New York - Vintage Sofa by Gaetano Pesce, Italy, 1980s
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Sunset in New York, Vintage Sofa by Gaetano Pesce, Italy, 1980s
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Sofa "Tramonto a New York" by Gaetano Pesce - Cassina
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Iconic and rare 1979 "Sunset in Manhattan" sofa by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina
By Cassina, Gaetano Pesce
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Gaetano Pesce for sale on 1stDibs

Gaetano Pesce was of a generation of Italian architects who in the early 1960s rebelled against the industrial perfection of modernism by conceiving new furniture and objects that were at once expressive and eccentric in form; or you might say they were more like art than functionalist design.

Born in the picturesque coastal Italian city of La Spezia in 1939, Pesce was a precocious talent who could have forged a career as an artist but opted instead to go to Venice to study architecture because, as he has said, it was “the most complex of all the arts.” Rather than having new worlds opened to him at design school, however, Pesce found the rationalist curriculum oppressive in its insistence on standardization and prescribed materials and technologies.

Pesce wanted to explore the latest of both materials and technologies to create objects and buildings never before imagined, with what he called “personalities” that spoke to the issues of the day. He was keen to examine ways to diversify mass production so that each manufactured work could be distinct.

In 1964, Pesce met Cesare Cassina, of the forward-looking furniture company C&B Italia in Milan (now known as B&B Italia), for whom he would create many important designs, beginning with a collection of what he called “transformational furniture” — two chairs and a loveseat — made entirely out of high-density polyurethane foam. To make the pieces easy to ship and cost-efficient, he proposed that after being covered in a stretch jersey, they be put in a vacuum, then heat-sealed flat between vinyl sheets. Once the foam was removed from its packaging, the piece returned to its original shape — hence, the name Up for the series, which debuted in 1969.

In addition to these pieces, Pesce proposed for the collection something he referred to as an “anti-armchair,” which took the shape of a reclining fertility goddess, the iconic Donna.

Producing the piece's complex form turned out to be a technical challenge. Bayer, the foam’s manufacturer, deemed it impossible to accomplish. Pesce persisted and came up with a new procedure, demonstrating not only the designer’s key role in researching the nature and potential of new materials but also his vital importance in “doubting rules.” The Up chair and accompanying ottoman were born, and they were revolutionary in more ways than one.

In the early 1970s, Pesce began exploring one of his key concepts, the idea of the industrial originals. Employing a mold without air holes, and adding a blood-red dye to the polyurethane, he cast a bookcase that resembled a demolished wall, the rough edges of the shelves and posts resulting from fissures in the material made by trapped air.

Through his research into polyurethane, Pesce figured out a way to make a loveseat and armchair using only a simple wood frame and strong canvas covering as a mold. Since the fabric developed random folds during the injection process, the pieces were similar but not identical. Cassina named the suite of furnishings Sit Down and introduced it in 1975. By experimenting with felt soaked in polyurethane and resin, Pesce conceived I Feltri, another collection of armchairs introduced by Cassina in 1987.

Pesce went on to live a life that defied expectation and convention and along the way became one of the most seminal figures in art and design.

Find vintage Gaetano Pesce chairs, sofas, vases and more on 1stDibs.

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