Gaetano Pesce - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Mourmans, Netherlands

  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi, The Hot House–Italian New Wave Design, Cambridge, 1984, p. 129; France Vanlaethem, Gaetano Pesce: Architecture, Design, Art, New York, 1989, pp. 58-60; Gaetano Pesce, Le Temps des Questions, Paris, 1996, p. 70 for a similar example; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Design of the 20th Century, Cologne, 1999, p. 558 for the “Golgotha“ suite; Anne Bony, Meubles et Decors des Annees 70, Pampelune, 2005, p. 118 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The "Golgotha" chair is the first example of an object produced under the ‘diversified series’ technique. This concept contradicts the basic idea of the standardized industrial series. Through the process of ‘diversified series’ Pesce includes the fabricator in the design process, thus rejecting the traditional designer/producer relationship and creating a new arena for production to unfold. In this process, the molds utilized are flexible and can be manipulated by the individual at the time of manufacture. This freedom is achieved through a very thorough examination of the materials used, and as a result, each object produced in the ‘diversified series’ is unique, even though it is somewhat “mass-produced.” Pesce’s unconventional production methods clearly express his ideas regarding the status quo, positioning himself as a critic of excessive faith in industrial standardization.

    This chair is hand-made and comes in high-backed and low-backed versions. The basic material is a white fiberglass cloth containing Dacron Fiberfill, then stiffened in a bath of polyester resin.


Rare and important “Golgotha” chair

Fiberglass, polyester. Manufactured by Cassina, Italy.
39 3/8 in. (100 cm) high

$35,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $60,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York