Gaetano Pesce

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Up chair, designed for C&B Italia (now B&B Italia), 1969
I Feltri, designed for Cassina (1987)

Gaetano Pesce (born 1939) is an Italian architect and designer.


Gaetano Pesce was born in La Spezia in 1939.[1] He studied Architecture at the University of Venice, an between 1958 to 1963 participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with programmed art patterned after the Bauhaus. He has since worked worldwide as architect and designer for companies such as B&B Italia, Vitra and Cassina. His most famous building is the "Organic Building" in Osaka, and commissioned works include his proposal for Les Halles, Paris (1979); the converted Lingotto Fiat Factory, Turin (1983); and the Children’s House for Parc de la Villette, Paris (1985). He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France, for 28 years, and at the Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Domus Academy, Milan, Polytechinc of Hong Kong, the Architectural School of San Paulo, and in New York, where he has lived since 1980, he has been a visiting professor of architecture at the Cooper Union.[2] His work is in collections of museums such as the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum,[3] in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art,[4] the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[5] Victoria and Albert Museum,[6] the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the Danish Museum of Art & Design, and Centre Georges Pompidou and Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris. He is known as one of the first designers to challenge excepted notions of Modernism, since the 1960s, with functional, imperfect, and warm industrial deign. He is known for experimenting with new materials, and resin has become his signature.[7] In 2014, a retrospective The Time of Diversity at The MAXXI, Italian: Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, charted Pesce's artful industrial productions from the 1960s to the 2015.[8]

Architectural design[edit]

  • 1974-77: Church of Solitude Project, New York, New York : Longitudinal section ; 42 1/4 x 58 5/8" (107.3 x 148.9 cm), Object N° 1225.2000; Transverse section, Object N° 1223.2000; Plan, Object N° 1224.2000 ; Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation ; Department of Architecture and Design MoMA [9][10]
  • 1980: Competition for the Chicago Tribune,
  • 1983: Project for rehabilitation of the Lingotto, Turin, Italy,for the Fiat group
  • 1985: Maison des Enfants (The Children’s House) for Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
  • 1986: Hubin Apartment, Paris [11]
  • 1991: 1995: Manhattan office for TBWA Chiat/Day, [12]
  • 1989-93: The Organic Building, Yamamoto Corporation, Osaka, Japan
  • 1994: the Gallery Mourmans, Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium
  • 1994: Shuman residence, New York [13]
  • Bahia House, Brazil [14]


  • 1972 : The New Domestic Landscape: Achievements and Problems of Italian Design The Museum of Modern Art, May 26 to September 11, 1972.[15][16]
  • 1983: Gaetano Pesce : a Yale School of Architecture Exhibition [17][18]
  • 1988: Gaetano Pesce: Drawings, Models, Prototypes, Max Protetch Gallery, New York [19]
  • 1988: Modern Times Again, Steelcase Design Partnership, New York
  • 1991: Gaetano Pesce. Collaborative Exhibition, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel [20] Peter Joseph Gallery, New York
  • 1995: Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Designed for Delight : Alternative aspects of twentieth-century decorative arts, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec, Canada; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
  • 1997: Retrospective: Le temps des questions? Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris [21]
  • 1997: Gaetano Pesce -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow, [22]
  • 2002: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre, Paris,
  • 2003: National Design Triennial, Inside Design Now, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York [23][24]
  • 2003: US Design: 1975-2000, traveling exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum, TN,[25] Bass Museum of Art, Miami;[26] American Craft Museum, New York [27][28]
  • 2005: Pushing the Limits Philadelphia Museum of Art [29]
  • 2005: Gaetano Pesce: Il rumore del tempo, Triennale di Milano [30]
  • 2005: Gaetano Pesce, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) [31]
  • 2007: Pink Pavilion di Gaetano Pesce, Triennale di Milano, Milano[32]
  • 2008: Formless Furniture, Museum Fur Gestaltubg - Schaudepot (MAK), Vienna [33]
  • 2009: Dreamland: Architectural Experiments Since the 1970s, MoMA [34]
  • 2010: Project for door (After Gaetano Pesce), SculptureCenter, Long Island City [35]
  • 2010: Gaetano Pesce: Pieces from a Larger Puzzle, Istituto Italiano di Cultura nella Los Angeles [36]
  • 2010: Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
  • 2010: Museum of Contemporary Arts and Grand Hornu, Belgium.
  • 2012: Design Miami [37]
  • 2013: Gaetano Pesce: L'Abbraccio, Fred Torres Collaborations, New York [38][39]
  • 2014: Gaetano Pesce: Il tempo della diversità, una retrospettiva, Maxxi di Roma [40]
  • 2014: Transforming Reality: Italian Design Innovation and Fantasy, Eagle Gallery, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Armenia [41]
  • 2014: Gaetano Pesce, Sotheby's France, Paris [42][43]
  • 2015: New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, Museum of Arts and Design [44]
  • 2015: Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo,Galleria Antonia Jannone, Milano [45]
  • 2015: Gaetano Pesce: ‘One of a Kind Iconic Works, 1967-2015’, Allouche Gallery, New York [46][47]
  • 2015: for her: Jewelry from Gaetano Pesce, RR Gallery, 30 Gansevoort Street, NYC [48]
  • 2015: Performance nell’installazione : La Cucina Luogo di Passione,Triennale Design Museum, Milano [49]
  • 2016: Fish Design Maison & Objet, Paris [50]



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  7. ^ Giovannini, Joseph. "Art & Design : Gaetano Pesce: ‘One-of-a-Kind Iconic Works, 1967-2015’". 
  8. ^ Manuelli, Sara. "Design maverick Gaetano Pesce explores diversity in a retrospective at the Maxxi Museum, Rome Read more at". 
  9. ^ Riley, ed.,, Terence (2002). The Changing of the Avant-Garde: Visionary Architectural Drawings from the Howard Gilman Collection, New York. p. 133. 
  10. ^ "Gaetano Pesce Church of Solitude Project, New York, New York, Plan 1974-77". 
  11. ^ Hayat, Yves J (1993). Gaetano Pesce : la maison Hubin. Paris: Galerie Catherine et Stéphane de Beyrie. 
  13. ^ Lesley Hauge, Sian Ballen &. "Ruth Shuman". 
  14. ^ Sutherland, Jim. "Gaetano Pesce The provocative Italian architect and designer on his history of doing things 'badly'—on purpose, of course". 
  15. ^ Benyamin, Jasmine (September 2014). "Reviewed Work: Environments and Counter Environments. "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape," MoMA, 1972". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 73 (3): pp. 436–437. 
  16. ^ Shaw, Elizabeth. "ITALY : THE NEW DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE ," (PDF). 
  17. ^ Martin, Douglas. "SPRINGTIME IN LA CITE". 
  18. ^ Gaetano Pesce : a Yale School of Architecture Exhibition, October 31-December 2, 1983. New Haven, Conn. : Yale School of Architecture. 1983. 
  19. ^ SLESIN, SUZANNE. "Modern Notions Of Design: The Furniture of Gaetano Pesce". 
  20. ^ "Architecture and Design". 
  21. ^ "Gaetano Pesce : Le temps des questions". 
  22. ^ "Currents; GAETANO PESCE -- Somewhere Over the Rainbow". 
  23. ^ Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Presents Second "National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now" Reviews Cutting-edge U.S. Design of Past Three Years". 
  24. ^ MUSCHAMP, HERBERT. "Design Review : The National Design Triennial : A Frontier Spirit in Anxious Times". 
  25. ^ "7 Mistakes Artists Make". 
  26. ^ JOHNSON, KEN. "Elegance, Wit and Pop in a Quarter-Century of American Design". 
  27. ^ MUSCHAMP, HERBERT. "NEW SEASON/ARCHITECTURE; Here a New Museum, There a New Museum By HERBERT MUSCHAMP Published: September 8, 2002". 
  28. ^ HAMILTON, WILLIAM L. "Trading Baskets For Plastics". 
  29. ^ "Gaetano Pesce's Design is Subject of 'Pushing the Limits'at Philadelphia Museum of Art". 
  30. ^ "Triennale di Milano: Gaetano Pesce Il rumore del tempo". 
  31. ^ Gaetano Pesce. Valencia: IVAM, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern : Generalitat Valenciana, Conselleria de Cultura, Educació. 2005. 
  32. ^ "2007: Pink Pavilion di Gaetano Pesce". 
  33. ^ "Formless Furniture,". 
  34. ^ Brake, Alan G. "Fitful Sleep Dreamland: Architectural Experiments Since the 1970s". 
  35. ^ "Current Exhibitions". 
  37. ^ LASKY, JULIE. "After the Boom, a Better Kind of Art". 
  38. ^ "Fred Torres Gallery". 
  39. ^ Hanley, William. "Exhibition: Gaetano Pesce: L’Abbraccio". 
  40. ^ "GAETANO PESCE. Il tempo della diversità". the National Museum of XXI Century Arts,. 
  41. ^ "Transforming Reality: Italian Design Innovation and Fantasy". 
  42. ^ "Sotheby’s: Gaetano Pesce". 
  43. ^ "Time of diversity". 
  44. ^ "New Territories Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America November 4, 2014 to April 5, 2015". madmuseum.or. 
  45. ^ ""Scraps and sketches from all over the world", drawings by Gaetano Pesce". 
  46. ^ "Galleries: SoHo". 
  47. ^ "Gaetano Pesce, One of a Kind Iconic Works 1967-2015 March 26, 2015 – April 25, 2015". 
  48. ^ "for her: Jewelry from Gaetano Pesce". 
  49. ^ "Performance nell’installazione "La Cucina. Luogo di passione" di Gaetano Pesce". 
  50. ^ "FISH DESIGN". 
  51. ^ Chrysler design awards homepage
  52. ^
  53. ^ "Good Design Awards". 
  54. ^ Press release
  55. ^ "Interior Design 2009 Lawrence J. Israel Prize" (PDF). 
  56. ^ "PADIGLIONE ITALIA NEL MONDO-VENICE BIENNALE 2011 Gaetano Pesce and Angelo Filomeno exhibition -". 

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