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    Serie Up 2000 Armchair

    Designed by: Gaetano Pesce
    Manufactured by: B&B Italia

    Year of drawing: 1969
    Year of production: 2000

    The configuration of this armchair has anatomical characteristics and unmistakable anthropomorphous references. The chair is a metaphor of a large comfortable womb and recalls ancient statues of fertility goddesses. However, it has something extra: a spherical ottoman tied to the armchair. Therefore, the image of comfort and convenience is combined with a more figurative image of a woman with a ball and chain on her foot. Gaetano Pesce explains the project as follows: "At that time, I was telling a personal story about my concept of women: I believe that women have always been unwilling prisoners of themselves. This is why I decided to give this armchair the shape of a woman with a ball and chain, a traditional image of a prisoner."
    Over the years, the UP5_6 armchair has become an international icon with different names, from "Big Mama" to "Blow Up". It is still a very popular item.

     

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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.