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Serie Up 2000

Gaetano Pesce

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Diese 1969 entworfene Sitzmöbelserie wurde dank ihrer expressiven Formen und der Bezüge aus elastischem Gewebe sofort zu einem Symbol des Designs. Sie besteht aus sieben Teilen, wobei vor allem der Sessel UP5_6 hervorzuheben ist. Eine Ikone der Moderne und Metapher des Mutterleibs, der gleichzeitig auch Gefangenschaft bedeutet. Hierzu gehört auch der "Fuß" UP7, Skulptur und übergroßes archäologisches Fragment, das mit moderner Technologie überarbeitet wurde.


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.

Technical information

kalt elastischer Polyurethanschaum Bayfit®

Stoff 100% Jute, Besatz aus PVC

Bezug Knopf
Metallbasis und Stoff

Unterseite Knopf

Schnur (UP5_6)
100% Nylon

Ausführung (UP7)

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Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce, architect, artist and designer, in forty years of career has carried out public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia in the fields of architecture, urban planning, interior design, industrial and exhibition design, driven by a constant tension towards innovation and experimentation.

Born in La Spezia in 1939, Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice and wrote a manifesto in his youth in defense of the right to inconsistency in art, the need to change, to be free, not to repeat ourselves. The boundaries between art, design and industry become irrelevant in his production, because even art is a product, it is the creative response to the needs of the time in which we live. His continuous research in the field of advanced materials, languages ​​and technology has resulted in iconic productions such as the Up series (1969), composed of seven examples of seats with voluptuous shapes, including the Up5_6 armchair, the first product of industrial design called to convey a political message, to denounce the condition of women in the world.

Pesce's multidisciplinary work is represented in the permanent collections of the most important museums in the world including the MoMa and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Museum in Germany and the Montreal Museum of Art, to name a few. His approach to design has marked its history and his works have been celebrated in exhibitions of extraordinary importance. Numerous companies produce his projects.

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