Gaetano Pesce - ITALIA Theme Sale London Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Sessantuna is the result of the latest collaboration between internationally renowned architect and designer Gaetano Pesce and furniture makers Cassina to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
    The project comprises 61 tables, representing the year 1861 in which the Unification of Italy was achieved. Placed together, the 61 tables recreate the shape of the Italian peninsula in a single 25 × 20 metre table. Each table is signed by Pesce and numbered according to the sequence of events in which each territory became part of the new state.
    Every Sessantuna table is produced with innovative resins, cast in the three colours of the Italian flag using a cutting-edge production process. This advanced system reduces the overall weight of the table and creates the random and intriguing blends that make each table a unique work. The table legs are independent and can be affixed to the grooves on the underside of the table and positioned wherever the user wishes.
    A special edition of five tables, representing the most significant places in the history of the Risorgimento, have been personalised by Maestro Pesce with famous phrases and historical quotes. The first table in each of these special editions represents Turin, first capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and has been inscribed with the slogan, proclaimed by Charles Albert of Savoy and famous in the history of Italian nationalism, “L’Italia farà da sè” (Italy will make itself).


'Sessantuna’ table

72 x 197.5 x 124 cm (28 1/4 x 77 3/4 x 38 3/4 in)
Manufactured by Cassina, Italy. Number one from the edition of 61. Top of tabletop signed in white marker with ‘Carlo Alberto: "L'Italia farà da sè“_ Gaetano Pesce’ and underside with manufacturer’s transfer including map of Italy and artist’s signature with ‘Cassina SESSANTUNA/Gaetano Pesce/Tavolo Italia 2011/01 /61’.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £13,750

ITALIA Theme Sale

30 June 2010