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Tramonto A New York Sofa

c. 1984/2022

by Gaetano Pesce
for Cassina

Tramonto A New York Sofa

by Gaetano Pesce
for  Cassina

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Italian master and design icon Gaetano Pesce’s Tramonto A New York is re-edited by Cassina, main­tain­ing all the expres­sive power and rele­vance of the 1984 orig­i­nal. The three-seater inte­rior land­scape is a tribute to Pesce’s adopted city. It is a piece of furni­ture that aims to redeem the mere func­tion­al­ism of the design, reflect­ing on the iden­tity of a metrop­o­lis, synony­mous with dynamism, revo­lu­tion, and energy using a pop-art mode. 

The Tramonto A New York design sofa is repro­duced 20% larger than the archive model in a limited series of 50 pieces. The indi­vid­u­ally crafted skyscrap­ers are uphol­stered in an exclu­sive fabric whose raised rectan­gu­lar texture places light and shadow side by side, creat­ing the effect of light bounc­ing off windows. In contrast, the setting sun, wrapped in vivid red satin, drops between the build­ings to form the back­rest. All elements have a plywood frame, an elastic webbing, and a struc­ture of natural rubber covered in recy­cled PET poly­ester batting encased in fabric. To guar­an­tee the authen­tic­ity of this special edition, each sofa bears a satin finish steel plate with the Cassina logo, the name of the design, the serial number, the name, and the artist’s signa­ture. Like all new Cassina prod­ucts, Tramonto a New York uses circu­lar mate­ri­als devel­oped through the work of Cassina LAB.

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Gaetano Pesce

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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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