This is no different than any punk-rock single, or any independent anything. The intent is so expressionist and immediate. It draws more to art than to design. Someone has taken to pouring resin on the floor the same way Jackson Pollock had done with paint.

Jim Walrod on Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce b. 1939

Gaetano Pesce is one of the most progressive and visionary designers of the 20th century, building a diverse and avant-garde body of work from principles of anti-rationalism, a concern for the individual and the “human touch,” and an experimental approach to materials and means of production.

Pesce was born in 1939 in La Spezia, Italy and grew up between Florence and Padua. His father, a naval officer, died in WWII, leaving his mother to raise him and his brother alone, resulting in a difficult childhood. From a young age, Pesce exhibited a rebellious spirit, joining Gruppo N, a radical artist collective when he was still a teenager. In 1959, Pesce enrolled at the University of Venice to study architecture, because he considered it to be the most complex and challenging of the arts. He found the curriculum tedious and stifling with its insistence on historicism and the hyper-rationalist, mechanical, and abstracted ideals of modernist architecture, which he thought disregarded the individual and attempted to standardize the human spirit. He found his suspicions of modernism confirmed when he visited Dessau, Germany, the birthplace of the Bauhaus, to find that the first Bauhaus building, where Paul Klee and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught, had been turned into a coal room.

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GAETANO PESCE, Sansone table | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,000

GAETANO PESCE, set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,000

GAETANO PESCE, conference table for the American Ballet Theatre | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table for the American Ballet Theatre
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $33,800

GAETANO PESCE, Dalila chair | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Dalila chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $25,200

GAETANO PESCE, Golgotha chair | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Golgotha chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000

GAETANO PESCE, Golgotha chair | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Golgotha chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750

GAETANO PESCE, prototype dining table | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

prototype dining table
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750

GAETANO PESCE, Nobody's Perfect tables, set of two | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Nobody's Perfect tables, set of two
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $16,250

GAETANO PESCE, Dalila 3 armchair | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Dalila 3 armchair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250

GAETANO PESCE, Nobody's Perfect cabinet | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Nobody's Perfect cabinet
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,500

GAETANO PESCE, UP3 chair | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

UP3 chair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,400

GAETANO PESCE, ceiling light | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

ceiling light
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,250

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,200

GAETANO PESCE, vase | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $10,000

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $9,440

GAETANO PESCE, set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375

GAETANO PESCE, Osso lamp | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Osso lamp
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $8,890

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II coffee table | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II coffee table
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

GAETANO PESCE, 543 Broadway chairs, set of six | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

543 Broadway chairs, set of six
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $8,750

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II dining table | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II dining table
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, set of twelve 543 Broadway chairs from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of twelve 543 Broadway chairs from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,800

GAETANO PESCE, UP7 (Il Piede) | Wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

UP7 (Il Piede)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,800