May 22, 2017
| August 3, 2016 | Culture
B&B Italia's grand new Austin showroom is the ideal showcase for the iconic Up Chair and Ottoman, designed in 1969 by Gaetano Pesce.
B&B Italia’s Up Series armchair and ottoman, called “Woman and Child” as a set, $5,421, was designed by Gaetano Pesce (BACKGROUND).
During its half-century of high-end design, luxury furniture maker B&B Italia, which opened its spacious Austin showroom this year, has produced memorable pieces that stand the test of time. Among the store’s best-sellers are two pieces from the iconic Up Series, originally designed in 1969 by legendary artist and architect Gaetano Pesce, which not only celebrate the technological advances of that time but make a political statement as well—one that still resonates today.
The voluptuously curved, womb-like Up5 chair and the round Up6 ottoman represent Pesce’s sympathy to the plight of strong women as prisoners of society’s prejudices and fears. “Along these lines, I liked the idea of giving this armchair a feminine shape with a ball and chain, the traditional image of the prisoner,” Pesce says. In 2000, the chair and ottoman set were reproduced with updated upholstery and new manufacturing techniques, and a few years ago B&B unveiled the Junior version designed for children ages three and up. Consider it the ultimate mother and child reunion. 1009 Sixth St. Suite 120, 512-617-7460
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF B&B ITALIA