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For Milan Design Week 2019, there will be a tribute to the work and legacy of Gaetano Pesce installed right in front of the Duomo: the UP5 & 6 armchairs for B&B Italia, will be exhibited in Piazza Duomo for the design event.
This original furniture piece from Italian designer Gaetano Pesce came to be as a statement in regards to the treatment of women in a patriarchal society as well as the inequality of the sexes. The Up Armchair was considered as the first industrial design project that had a political statement heavily implied to it seen as it also came to be during a time period during which women were starting to stand up for themselves and fight for having equal rights. Fifty years later that same statement remains timeless when it comes to women’s issues.
The form of this chair is meant to represent the imprisonment of a woman to male prejudices, by having it heavily representing a female body paired to a spheric leg rest. This chair was made almost more than 50 years ago, and now it will be one of the main highlights for Milan Design Week more specifically Fuorisalone 2019.
As a tribute to Pesce’s work and legacy, a special version of the Maestà Soffrente was crafted with a height of 8 meters high for the occasion of Fuorisalone. This will also feature the chair’s original form, embellished with a couple of needles in order to tackle another relevant topic in regards one of the most prevalent problems for women: the violence against them. These two pieces are currently set at the Duomo alongside a series of animal heads made from polystyrene and painted fibreglass and mounted on iron easels.
Despite the fact that Milan Design Week will start tomorrow, this set has already been available to the public eye since the 7th of April, and it will remain there until the 14th of the same month, corresponding to the entire duration of Fuorisalone. If you pass by the famous Milanese cathedral you can have a closer look at this timeless tribute to Gaetano Pesce’s work.