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  • Provenance

    Il Cestello restaurant, Florence
    Wright, Chicago, "Important Design," June 2, 2009, lot 124
    Private collection, acquired from the above

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2003, Italian designer Gaetano Pesce designed the interiors of Il Cestello, a restaurant in Florence, Italy. Like pieces of drying laundry, the present wall lights hung from a metal bar along the walls of the restaurant. Pesce created the lights by coating pieces of fabric—from a negligee to a pair of baseball knickerbockers to a t-shirt—with resin and then backlighting them. Though the lights were arranged in a row, each piece of clothing is a discrete light, and they can be arranged in various compositions. Like much of Pesce’s work, there is a playfulness to the wall light’s design as well as a completely unexpected and novel use of materials and forms.

34

Set of seven wall lights, from Il Cestello restaurant, Florence, Italy

circa 2003
Resin-coated fabric, stainless steel, steel.
220 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 8 in. (560.1 x 80 x 20.3 cm)

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 29 July 2020