ARMCHAIR NOBODY’S PERFECT, GAETANO PESCE (2003)
Unique armchair in polyurethane resin and molded plastic dyed in blue, yellow and red mass. Signed and dated 19/05/03.
Editor marking on the back: Gaetano Pesce Nobody’s Perfect for the publisher Zerodisegno.
Length : 19.69 in / 50 cm
Height : 35.43 in / 90 cm
Width : 17.72 in / 45 cm
Weigth : 11.02 lb / 5 kg
Categories: 20th Century Design, Armchairs
Year of publication: 2003
Inspiration: Unique armchair in polyurethane resin and molded plastic dyed in blue, yellow and red mass. Signed and dated 19/05/03. Editor marking on the back.
Gaetano Pesce Nobody’s Perfect for publisher Zerodisegno. An extraordinary functional work of art. An excellent example of radical post-modern design.
Since the 70s, Gaetano Pesce has been working on the implementation of creative processes that leave room for randomness and uncertainty, thus allowing the realization of unique pieces within series productions. The collaboration he began in early 2001 with the publisher Zerodisegno is the culmination of his reflections on the processes of creation and production, and on the role that everyone can assume in them. Together they make a collection of resin furniture: sideboards, shelves, chairs, armchairs and tables forming a domestic ensemble.
Like a cook, the craftsman mixes colors and resin, pours the pasta or pasta obtained in the mold, and with the help of a spatula, standardizes the thickness of the resin. Sometimes he mixes aromas, chosen according to the seasons. From his gesture is born a form that is never quite the same. The result is anthropomorphic silhouettes, more or less transparent depending on the coloration, which take the form of chairs, armchairs, shelves…
For Gaetano Pesce, it is not necessary to manufacture rigid structures. The furniture can be flexible and transparent, even if it should confuse the user. All the pieces produced are singular. If these forms are innovative in their structure, they are also innovative in their creative process. Gaetano Pesce questions the status and definition of the artist while affirming the creative part that is in each of us, in each craftsman whose work is no longer alienating or frustrating, but on the contrary, constantly renewed.
Designer: Gaetano Pesce is an Italian architect who, in the early 1960s, rebelled against the industrial perfection of modernism by designing new furniture and objects whose form was both expressive and eccentric, more artistic than functional. Born in 1939 in La Spezia, Gaetano Pesce studied architecture in Venice and then explored innovative materials and technologies to create unique objects and buildings, never imagined before in order to differentiate themselves from mass production and that each work manufactured can be distinct.
The Italian designer gives imperfection a new aesthetic value. If until now, the craftsman has been required to execute a model as close as possible to the drawing given by the creator, Gaetano Pesce takes the opposite view of this position. The craftsman appropriates the designer’s creation by interpreting it, just as the user appropriates a unique piece by choosing it among others of the same model. In 1975, then in 2002, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris devoted two important exhibitions to Gaetano Pesce in collaboration with the Centre Beaubourg.
Materials: Flexible polyurethane resin
State: Excellent condition, this chair has never been used regularly.