Quilts from Raf
Cassina presents at Design Miami/Basel a special edition of Gaetano Pesce's classic armchair "Feltri". It was developed in cooperation with the fashion label Calvin Klein and its Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons.
Gaetano Pesce, an architect-artist-designer based in New York City, has undertaken diverse commissions in architecture, urban planning, interior and exhibition design, industrial design and publishing.
In more than forty years of practice, Pesce has
conceived public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, from residences to gardens and corporate offices. Pesce's extensive body of work - recognized for its emotive and tactile qualities, unrestrained use of color
, and insistence upon innovative building materials developed through new technologies - has been described by prominent architecture critic Herbert Muschamp as "the architectural equivalent of a brainstorm".
Born in La Spezia, Italy,
in 1939, Gaetano Pesce was trained at the University of Venice Faculty of Architecture. He has lived in Padova, Venice, London, Helsinki, Paris and, since 1980, New York. Pesce has served as a visiting lecturer and professor at many prestigious instituti
ons in America and abroad, including the Cooper Union in New York. During 28 years, he has been a faculty member at the Institut d'Architecture et d'Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France. Gaetano Pesce has also worked in Italy, Germany, Belgium, J
apan, the United States, and Brazil, which has influenced the internationalism of his approach.
His multidisciplinary work, that encompasses art making and performance, has been the subject of numerous publications and exhibitions and is curren
tly displayed in the permanent collections of museums in France, Finland, Italy, Portugal, England and the United States. In 1996, he was honored with both a comprehensive career retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and publication of the
Cataloque Gaetano Pesce: Le temps des questions. In 1993, Gaetano Pesce was the recipient of the influential Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design.
A distinctly figurative aspect and a hand-crafted quality characterize Pesce's most well
-known commissions. Among these are proposed projects for Les Halles (1979) and the converted Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin (1983); the Children's House for the Parc de la Villette in Paris (1985); the Hubin's Apartment in Paris (1986); the Organ
ic Building in Osaka (1989-1993); the Gallery Mourmans in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium (1994); and the Shuman residence in New York (1994).
by prominent architecture critic Herbert Muschamp as "the architectural equivalent of a brainstorm".