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Amazonia - 1994

designed by Gaetano Pesce

Exhibition Milan - Hong Kong design, new forms and functions in parallel with Italian iconic works

Gaetano Pesce was born in Italy in 1939 and studied architecture at the University of Venice. After graduating in 1965, he moved between London, Padova, Helsinki, and Paris, before settling in New York in 1980. From the beginning, Pesce’s practice has straddled the boundaries between art, design, urban planning, and architecture, always using his work as a vehicle to communicate his perspective on the world today.

With resin, foam, and plastics as his signature materials, Pesce has designed for companies such as Cassina, B&B Italia, and Vitra. His architectural work includes the Organic Building of Osaka, the Children’s House for Parc de la Villette, the Gallery Mourmons in Belgium, and the TBWA\Chiat\Day office in New York.

Pesce has served as a visiting lecturer and professor at many prestigious institutions in America and abroad, principally the Cooper Union in New York. He is currently a faculty member at the Institut d'Architecture et d'Etude Urbaines in Strasbourg.


Resin vase.

H 45 cm

Gaetano Pesce is a design pioneer, both in how his works dissolve boundaries between art, design, architecture, as well as in his innovative explorations in the use of plastics and new technology. In particular he is known for his experimentations with resin, moulds, and casting techniques. The Amazonia Vase is one example of his many iconic resin vases that exemplify resin’s infinite variations in pigmentation, transparency, and plasticity. Each piece varies slightly as the intensity of colour and placement depends on how the dye settles in the mould. The soft, pliable forms of resin gives this piece its organic, amorphic quality.