The Serie Up, created by Gaetano Pesce in 1969, features lounge chairs, a sofa, and an ottoman composed of jersey-covered polyurethane foam in various shapes. The Up 5 Lounge Chair is the most iconic piece from the collection. The shape is a sensuously curved form to which its companion, the Up 6 Ottoman, is tethered. Pesce once described the chair as a female figure tied to a ball-shaped ottoman, symbolizing the shackles that keep women subjugated.
The Up 5 and Up 6 are composed of Bayfit (Bayer) flexible cold-shaped polyurethane foam and are available with black, red, blue, dark green, orange/beige, and the 50th-anniversary petrol green/beige striped jersey upholstery covers. The unseen underside upholstery is 100% jute.
The orange/beige Soara striped version noted in this listing is part of our Quick-Ship Program. Other pieces are available in the Up Series – don’t hesitate to contact us at 800.886.0867 to review these options and associated pricing.
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As an Italian architect, designer, and urban planner, Gaetano Pesce is best known for his modern aesthetic that incorporates ordinary materials with experimental forms. Born in 1939, Pesce studied architecture at the University of Venice, learning from the tutelage of both Ernesto Rogers and Carlo Scarpa. Throughout 1958-1963, Pesce participated in Gruppo N, a design collaboration that focused on creating art similar in program to that of the Bauhaus. His architectural work often featured natural elements, including his work in Osaka, Japan in creating the Organic Building. Pesce’s industrial design led to collaborations with B&B Italia, Vitra, and Cassini; much of which include pieces that embody his usual wit and style. Many of his 3D models and prototypes are featured in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including MoMA in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Triennale Museum in Milan.
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