SIDE BOARD NOBODY’S PERFECT, GAETANO PESCE (2002)
Buffet by Gaetano Pesce, Nobody’s Perfect collection, published by Zerodisegno in 2002. A rare piece in flexible polyurethane resin, tinted blue and red, with two doors opening in the French style (closure by swivel cleats). A perfect example of radical post-modern design.
Length : 83.46 in / 212 cm
Height : 55.12 in / 140 cm
Width : 19.69 in / 50 cm
Weigth : 110.23 lb / 50 kg
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Year of publication: 2002
Inspiration: This extraordinary functional work of art is a perfect example of radical post-modern design.
Materials: Flexible polyurethane resin
State: Excellent condition, this buffet has never been used on a regular basis.
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.
“Nobody’s perfect” collection: From the 70s, Gaetano Pesce develops a creative process that leaves room for randomness, allowing the manufacture of unique pieces within series productions. In 2001, he collaborated with the publisher Zerodisegno to create a collection of resin furniture: sideboards, shelves, chairs, armchairs and tables. The craftsman mixes colors and resin, pours the paste or pastes obtained into 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.
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Gaetano Pesce was 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.