Smiling lamps, vases with tentacles and an armchair that celebrates the divine feminine are all part of Gaetano Pesce’s new solo show in the Hollywood Hills.
LA Design gallery The Future Perfect is hosting the exhibition inside Goldwyn House – a 20th-century mansion that’s been converted into an appointment-only gallery. Dear Future brings together five decades of Pesce’s work, placing historic works alongside brand-new editions (most of which are for sale.)
One iconic piece is his La Mamma armchair – a voluptuous piece of seating designed with the ancient Venus of Willendorf in mind. For this new solo show, the artist has created a new edition using recycled bottle corks and an accompanying tapestry depicting a pregnant woman.
Also on display are Pesce’s Leaf Shelf – a leaf-shaped shelving unit made of resin in several colourways – and his One of Us Lamp – complete with eyes, nose and mouth. His playful design approach can be seen elsewhere in his River Table – which places grassy banks and murky resin water on a set of legs – and his Some of Us series of anthropomorphic vases.
Gallery founder David Alhadeff describes the artist’s work as a foil to ‘prescriptive modes of thinking – a form of counter-design that favours incoherence, unpredictability, eccentricity and originality’. Dear Future is on display until March 31 at Goldwyn House.