New York, New York — the town so nice, they named it twice. Now, the city has gone on to inspire not one but two collaborations between Cassina and Italian-born architect and designer Gaetano Pesce. The first of these, 1980’s Tramonto a New York (or “Sunset in New York”), was a three-seater sofa that placed an orange sunburst-shaped backrest behind a series of skyscraper-like cushions.
This year’s follow-up, a polyurethane resin room divider featuring custom brass hinges, adopts a similar composition to its predecessor but pumps up the colour, height and transparency. For Pesce, who operates his studio out of Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, it’s a testament to the timeless charm of Manhattan’s skyline.
Then again, nature can make for a nice backdrop, too. In May, Pesce opened
“My Dear Mountains,” on view at the Aspen Art Museum through October. The exhibition includes an installation that wraps the building’s facade in inflatables and LEDs to recreate the look of the mountains at dusk. No matter where he’s working, it seems Gaetano Pesce always finds his place in the sun.
A follow up to his Tramonto a New York sofa, Gaetano Pesce has released a colourful polyurethane resin room divider.