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'UP4' Loveseat Sofa by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia, Signed

$3,100Asking Price


This UP4 loveseat sofa by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia is an incredible interior design choice that is on-trend, fun and playful, and comfortable as well. Originally designed in 1969 and produced for a short time, this example was part of B & B Italia's first year production of their year 2000 reissue. This example is signed and dated underneath with November 28th, 2000 date stamp making it collectible as it is now a vintage example and the first year of the 2000s reissue. About the series: B&B Italia has an extensive amount of technological know-how (the technology of polyurethane injection moulding, for example) and it uses this information to build its company. Now, it has decided to give the creation of Mr. Pesce, the UP 2000 series, the most appropriate language to express this technology, and also to turn it into a fragment of contemporary art to offer to a vast public. In 1969, a series of sofas and armchairs called “Serie UP” came out, a total of seven pieces. They were ahead of the times for the project that generated them, and also for the technical procedures used to make them. Within the UP2000 Series there is the UP1, UP2, and UP3 chairs, UP4 loveseat settee, UP5 Big Mamma Lounge Chair and matching UP6 Ottoman, and UP7 lounge chair shaped as a dark foot. Technical information: Upholstery: Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam Bottom base: 100% jute fabric This UP4 couch by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia is a perfect pairing with Mid-Century Modern, Postmodern and Contemporary homes or offices. Also consider a splash of juxtaposition with this set in a Traditional, Classical, Art Deco, Mediterranean, Spanish or Craftsman styled home or creative studio. Excellent option for a kids / child’s room, living room or den, game room or play room, entryway or hallway, bedroom or lobby. Measurements: H 28" x W 64" x D 40" Condition: Very good vintage condition.


  • Creator
    Gaetano Pesce (Designer),B&B Italia (Manufacturer)
  • Design
    Up SofaUp Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 64 in. (162.56 cm)Depth: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Nov 2000
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition. Ready to be used immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330217579012

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About the Designer

Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce is 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, he 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, he met Cesare Cassina, of the forward-looking furniture company C&B in Milan (now known as B&B), 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 its 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 has gone on to live a life that defies expectation and convention and along the way has become one of the most seminal figures in art and design. Find vintage lounge chairs, vases and more by Gaetano Pesce on 1stDibs.
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