Italian designer Gaetano Pesce’s feminist' Chair 'UP' on display at BurJuman '

Published: 6 July 2020 - 8:18 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Italian designer Gaetano Pesce’s creation 'UP' has spent five decades sparking debate on prejudice, inequality and oppression faced by women since the 1970s.

The curvy design is on display at BurJuman in collaboration with Leonidas Dubai, world-renowned Belgian chocolate maker, until September 5th 2020.

Furniture brand B&B Italia, which produced 'UP' for Pesce in 1969, recently celebrated 50 years of the chair by introducing seven new colourways in 2019.

Film fans may also have spotted the chair in the seventh James Bond film, 'Diamonds Are Forever.'

The designer - who received awards including the Italian Cultural Institute Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) - maintained that the chair and accompanying ottoman, resembling a ball and chair, symbolised 70s femininity and gender oppression and that inspiration came to him in the shower, while squeezing a sponge.

His designs are included under 30 permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris.

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