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.

Milan Triennale Design Museum – 19


Mint Puffy Lounger by Carnevale Studio – Milan 2012



by Carnevale Studio (i.e. American designer Jessica Carnevale) is a collection of chairs inspired by the puffy jacket.
Neon silks, satins and synthetics were filled with enough down and foam to make the pieces look and feel somehow inflated.
They are almost entirely upholstered, absorbed and enveloped. Only the dining chair’s structure is still just visible, and the fabric appears to be still expanding.

So it is not inflated upholstery what you see!

It was featured at Ventura Lambrate’s 2012 edition.


Happy Misfits by Rutger de Regt – Milan 2012

Happy Misfits by Rutger de Regt 1 front view
Happy Misfits by Rutger de Regt 2 side view
Happy Misfits by Rutger de Regt 3 back view

Happy Misfits

The kind organizers of Ventura Projects which organized Ventura Lambrate in Milan have send me some material relating to chairs exhibited in Milan 2012.

The Happy Misfits Chairs by Dutch designer Rutger de Regt of Handmade Industrials, notably having his studio here in The Hague from where I Blog, were part of the exhibition at Ventura Lambrate’s 2012 edition.


Sweet Chairs from Sapore dei Mobili. Literally. – Milan 2012

Rui Pereira and Ryosuke Fukusada of Sapore dei Mobili created a “furniture pan” for tiny cakes shaped like interior objects in an attempt to “give new meaning to the notion of ‘good taste’ in furniture”. It’s said to be a comment on “how consumers are unable to digest the huge amount of new products that companies are launching each year.”

Personally, I love the idea behind it more than the presentation of the product itself. But maybe once they find a manufacturer and work out the final details it’d all look more bite-worthy.


Occupy Chair by Dejane Kabiljo – Milan 2012

Red Occupy Chair by Dejane Kabiljo

Red Occupy Chair by Dejane Kabiljo – Milan 2012

Vienna, Austria, based design studio Dejane Kabiljo presented the Occupy Chair in Milan last week. Life influences designers and Kabiljo stated:

Like it or not, Occupy has a strong impact worldwide. The movement has been chosen Time Magazine person of the year. Occupy defines issues of our time, questioning our aesthetic and political demands on design. […]
We still do a lot of sitting. In order to achieve the goals we are striving for, we need to do quite some sitting together.

It bears resemblance to Frank Winubst’s Springtime Chair

Via Designboom