Literal Matter, 2021. Hardcover, 120pp., 8.5 x 11 inches
A pioneer of Italian radical design, Gaetano Pesce remains one of the world’s greatest living creators—the critic Joseph Giovannini once called him the “perennial enfant terrible of iconoclastic design”. Now in his 80s, Pesce works daily from his New York studio, inventing ambitious, remote-controlled cabinets, gargantuan resin vases, and gold-leaf covered cupboards, each wearing the impressions of imperfect, unique gestures.
This 116-page book is an intimate, left-of-center ode to Pesce’s work, with a focus on his furniture. It includes an extended conversation between Pesce and art critic Sophie Haigney, unusually playful portraits by Duane Michals, and newly-commissioned photographs from around the world, featuring his chairs from collectors and museums.
With a limited-edition print run, this book functions as a portable exhibition: a new lens through which to understand the forever surprising, funny, and provocative design icon.