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    Feltri Armchair

    Designed by: Gaetano Pesce
    Manufactured by: Cassina

    Year of production: 1987

    High armchair and low armchair entirely made of thick wool felt. 
    Base: Felt is impregnated with thermo setting resin to guarantee stiffness and resistance.
    Seat: Fixed to the supporting frame by means of hempen strings, which trim also the soft upper edge of the chair.
    Armchair: Completed by mattress in quilted fabric, sewn together with the polyester padding, available in various colours.

    Year of production: 2018
    A familiar figure on many modern antiques’ and collectors’ sites, Feltri is a summation of thinking about figuration in the hybrid zone where the artistic meets the functional. One of a kind, this piece stands out for its enormous flexibility and for the fact that the mattress-like seat can be upholstered in wide array of fabrics. These can be mixed and matched with the six new colour options of the frame, to provide a total of ten colourways. Feltri was created within Cassina’s Research Centre, a place synonymous with experimentation and constructional avant-garde thinking. Here, Gaetano Pesce dedicated time and thought to the design, in the process thinking up a complex new manufacturing process that was later patented by the company. Created entirely from dense wool felt, the pliable, wrap-around back is all one piece. The lower section, meanwhile, is rigid and sturdy, thanks to being impregnated with a thermosetting resin. The seat is attached to the frame using hemp ties; these also extend around the chair’s upper part. A comfortable quilt, coupled with polyester wadding, serves to upholster the inner section of the chair.
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Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939 and educated in Venice, Gaetano Pesce has become prominent in several fields – architecture, interior design, graphics, film. He realised numerous projects in architecture, including the Hubin apartment in Paris (1986), the Organic building in Osaka (1990), the Gallery Mourmans in Knokke-le Zoute, Belgium (1994), the Schuman residence in New York (1994) or monumental glass design elements for the Palais des Beaux Arts of Lille (1996). The architect’s reputation has also been built upon exuberant experimentation in the area of industrial design and furnishings, including development of a series of now iconic chairs, like the UP series, tables and lamps.