In the eye of Nans Bouchet: the Amazonia vase by Gaetano Pesce

With all the ardor offered by his young age, Nans Bouchet strives to find avant-garde and daring collector's items. This week he presents the Amazonia vase by Gaetano Pesce made by Fish Design in Italy in 1994.

 

Gaetano Pesce, an innovative designer and protestor

Architect, environmental designer, painter, sculptor, stylist, scenographer, teacher and philosopher, Gaetano Pesce is a great name in post-war Italian design with a thousand and one disciplines.

He studied architecture at the University of Venice and, freshly graduated in 1965, he directly sought to break the codes. His work is based on the idea that “design must go beyond the notion of utility to become an object of questioning”. With this determination to "break the mold of the standardization of objects", Gaetano Pesce offers free and authentic forms.

Inspired and committed, the designer notably supported, in 1972, alongside Ettore Sottsass and Ugo de la Pietra, the Radical Design movement. Archizoom, Superstudio and other collectives then took part in the exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at Moma in New York. The essence of this exhibition is to denounce an economically weakened Italy that has become a consumer society and subject to mass production. Artists, architects and designers of the time fight against the inequalities of their country, its financial stakes and its ecological problems through their art.

Beyond his convictions, Pesce flirts with universes and breaks the boundaries between art, design, town planning and architecture. Resin, plastics and foam remain his favorite materials in the service of his creation. Creation whose pieces will be edited by renowned manufacturers such as Cassina, B&B and Vitra.

 

Amazonia vase made by Fish Design in Italy in 1994

This flexible resin Amazonia vase is an ideal piece for a young collector of avant-garde design. Because it is the perfect example of Pesce's work, which is opposed to any form of standardization. Through the production of this vase he questions the manufacturing processes, he experiments and advocates the random, it is a question of poetic surprises, the colors flow and the resin, in its race for expansion, expands and expands. mix differently each time.

Why does this piece enhance your collection? Because it is a unique piece made by hand by the artist during his experiments in the early 90s, unlike the current mass-produced reissues.

It is useful to know that the first editions of the vase were stamped with a black stamp, the later editions have a stamp printed with a production year attached.

 

 

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