Italian designer Gaetano Pesce's first big show since 1999 digs deep into the Pesce archives across architecture, art and furniture and includes one-off pieces and unseen sketches. At 74, Gaetano Pesce has lived in New York for nearly as long as he lived in Italy. Arriving on the wave of MoMA's 1972 show Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Pesce was one of the county's celebrated modernists who was helping to shape the international identity of local furniture manufacturers including B&B Italia. His famous 1969 UP 5 Armchair (pictured) was both a technological breakthrough and a political statement and became one of the most important chairs of the 20th century.

On the eve of his New York show, design writer Amy Perry interviewed Gaetano Pesce about life and work for The New York Times. Watch the film here, and read the full story here.

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