Tramonto A New York Sofa
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.
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.