Luminaire Chicago in partnership with B&B Italia celebrated contemporary Italian design by welcoming the multi-disciplinary designer, architect and artist Gaetano Pesce to a private meet & greet Thursday, October 27 at Luminaire Chicago followed by a lecture at 6 PM at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Rudbloff Auditorium in commemoration of his incredible design trajectory. Over 50 attendees mingled with the great master of Italian design asking him questions about his inspirations and learning more about the icon.
Born in La Spezia, Italy in 1939 and educated in Venice, Gaetano Pesce is adept in an array of fields including architecture, interior design, graphic design, and film. Among his many achievements, the UP series designed in 1969 for B&B Italia, a masterpiece of Italian design and a timeless fragment of contemporary art, both for its universal appeal and the outstanding technological progress it represents. A pop item that today still expresses all the unashamed energy of the 60s, as well as a technological challenge and a deep reflection on the condition of women. A metaphor of the female figure with a strong symbolic value, in the words of Gaetano Pesce: “Women suffer all over the world because of male prejudice. This was true in 1969 and is still true today, unfortunately.”
The designer’s work is represented in the permanent collections of leading art and design museums such as the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.
Luminaire believes that design is a language, and as such has the power to transform lives. Part of their fundamental values is to spread their passion for design through education, and they are honored to strengthen design awareness through education of Gaetano Pesce’s creative process.