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Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia UP5 Black Lounge Chair and Ottoman, restored 1970s

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Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials Fabric, nylon
Dimensions
W. 47.24 in; H. 40.55 in; D. 55.12 in; Diam. 22.44 in;
W. 120 cm; H. 103 cm; D. 140 cm; Diam. 57 cm;
Seat H. 16.54 in;
Seat H. 42 cm;
Condition Good. very good restored
Creation Date 1970
Description First designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969 for a few years before being discontinued, the lounge chair and pouf UP5, also known as Big Mama, Blow Up and Donna, was reissued in 2000 by B&B Italia.
Feminine silhouette with the UP6 pouf, which attaches to the lounge chair with a nylon cord that seems to represent a ball in a chain. The chair is a metaphor for a large and comfortable womb and recalls ancient statues of fertility goddesses. The image of comfort and convenience is therefore combined with the more figurative image of a woman with a ball and chain at her foot. Gaetano Pesce explains the project as follows: "At that time I was telling a personal story about my concept of woman: I believe that women have always been reluctant prisoners of themselves. That's why I decided to give this armchair the shape of a woman with a ball and chain, a traditional image of a prisoner". Over the years, the UP5_6 chair has become an international icon with different names, from "Big Mama" to "Blow Up". It is still a very popular object today.
Because of its large size, combined with the pouf, it can also function as a chaise lounge, an armchair or a club chair.
Measures: Armchair width 120 cm, depth 130 cm, height 103 cm
ball Diameter 57 cm,
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Minimalist, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 323637
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