Red Up 5 and Up 6 by Gaetano Pesce

The last photo together with the Superlegerra Chair by Gio Ponti.


Up 5 and Up 6 by Gaetano Pesce

I took this photo September 24, 2011 in the Milan Triennale Design Museum

Up 5 and Up 6 embodies aqn extraordinary innovative technological value and is strongly charged with symbolic and expressive significance. This is a chair made entirely of polyurethane and covered with a mesh of nylon and jersey. It has no inner structure. Madeof a single material, it is soft, inviting, friendly.Its design marking a break with traditional armchairs. It is a block of foam, with sufficient density to be self-supporting. It has an anthropomorphic form, looking rather like a prehistorian female fertility statue. It also invokes the voloptuousness of the female body with senuous lines and curves. But Gaetanon Pesce added a ball tied to the armchair which serves as a footrest. It vaguely recals the ball and chain in popular pictures of convicts.
The packaging was also entirely new, being designed to facilitate portability. When it was put into production by the firm then called B&B Italia, it was presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in a kind of happening. The chair, once completed, was transported in a vacuum chamber to reduce the volume to about 10% of its natural size and then wrapped into a sealed plastic airtight wrapping. At the presentation the plastic wrappings were opened and little by little began to come alive, expanding and taking shape and body, thanks to the ambient air which penetrated into the capillaries of the polyurethane foam. Up 5 and Up 6 were produced during a few years onward from 1973. It then went out of production. It was reissued bby B&B Italia in 2000.

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Gaetano Pesce: ‘UP 5 and 6’ for B and B at milan design week 09

Gaetano Pesce: 'UP 5 and 6' for B and B at milan design week 09

Gaetano Pesce: ‘UP 5 and 6’ for B and B at milan design week 09

image © designboom

looking good at 40 years, the UP 5 & 6 is sill one of the most celebrated icons in the history of design. this anniversary is the occasion for a new version with silver upholstery and personalized serial numbers.

Via Designboom

B&B and Zaha Hadid: Moon System

Moon System Black
Moon System Gold

Architect Zaha Hadid designed this sofa for B&B Italia.


B&B Italia has been founded in 1966.
It has its headquarter in Novedrate in the Como province of Italia.
Its offices are in a building designed by Renzo Piano in 1972.
It has turned from a family-run small-scale business into a company with separate divisions for design, manufacturing and sales. The Company has two branches: B&B Italia Home Division and B&B Italia Contract Division.

About Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work ranges from urban scale to interiors and furniture.
Best known for:
– Vitra Fire Station
– Land Formation-One
– Innsbruck Bergisel Ski-Jump
– Strasbourg Tram Station
– Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati
– BMW Central Building in Leipzig
– Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid
– Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, and
– Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg.
Her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. Hadid was born in Bagdad in 1950. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She then became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule fŸr Bildende KŸnste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

See further for an impression of her work this YouTube impression: