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Serie Up 50 Lounge Chair Ottoman — Soara Stripe

c. 1969/2019

by Gaetano Pesce
for B&B Italia

To honor the 50th anniver­sary of the Serie Up collec­tion, Gaetano Pesce and B&B Italia have devel­oped a new option — petrol green with beige stripe fabric offered exclu­sively for the Up 5_6

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 50th-anniver­sary petrol green/​beige 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.


Gaetano Pesce


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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