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A pioneer of Italian radical design, Gaetano Pesce remains one of the world’s greatest living creators—the critic Joseph Giovannini once called him the “perennial enfant terrible of iconoclastic design”. Now in his 80s, Pesce works daily from his New York studio, inventing ambitious, remote-controlled cabinets, gargantuan resin vases, and gold-leaf covered cupboards, each wearing the impressions of imperfect, unique gestures.
This 116-page book is an intimate, left-of-center ode to Pesce’s work, with a focus on his furniture. It includes an extended conversation between Pesce and art critic Sophie Haigney, unusually playful portraits by Duane Michals, and newly-commissioned photographs from around the world, featuring his chairs from collectors and museums.
With a limited-edition print run, this book functions as a portable exhibition: a new lens through which to understand the forever surprising, funny, and provocative design icon.
This new book on Pesce comprises both his most iconic and many never-before-seen works (some made in the last year), all captured by nearly two dozen photographers around the world. It includes an essay and interview with Pesce by the critic Sophie Haigney, new portraits by Duane Michals, and four commissioned photographic series that take his work into the world.
Contributing photographers in order of appearance:
Duane Michals, Chris Rhodes, Jeroen Bocken, Thomas Brown, Benjamin Prabowo Sexton, Parker Woods, Stephen Lewis, Anna Pogossova, Sarah Pannell, Charlie Engman, Esther Theaker, Jerome Ming, Douglas Lance Gibson, Corey Olsen, Heather Sten, Lorna Bauer, Sergiy Barchuk, Pat Martin, Benjamin Pexton, Tina Tyrell, Steve Harries, Leonardo Scotti
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Benjamin Prabowo Sexton
Parker Woods, Stephen Lewis
Douglas Lance Gibson