To celebrate 40 years in the career of Gaetano Pesce, B&B Italia has produced a sold wood sculpture of the legendary 'Big Mama'.

The design will join Sotheby's retrospective of the designer on show and sale next month in Paris.

Following his retrospective Le Temps des Questions at the Pompidou Centre in 1996, Pesce returns to Paris to exhibit around 40 unique pieces that reflect his versatile talent as an architect, designer and artist.

...I have the pleasure of presenting a varied ensemble of pieces which, I think, capture the essence of my research, and illustrate my belief in design’s unlimited versatility.
— Gaetano Pesce.

A big year for Sotheby's already, with their Hong Kong show in February featuring designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, works for the Gaetano Pesce exhibition will include furniture, lighting and drawings, as well as models and preparatory drawings for objects, furniture and housing projects. Central to the show is a full scale, wood sculpture of Pesce's most recognised design, fondly known as Big Mama, which he launched with B&B Italia in 1969 and that also launched his career.

Gaetano Pesce is recognised for his experiments with ideas, materials and production techniques and is one of a handful of architects who rejected standardisation that became the catch-cry for the industrial revolution.

His organic forms reflect an era of constantly changing values, most dramatically explored in Big Mama's statement about the servitude of women. In 2000 Pesce collaborated again with B&B Italia to launch the UP 2000 collection. His works can be found in museum collections around the world, from MoMA and Metropolitan Museum in New York, to the the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The exhibition Gaetano Pesce was staged with the support of B&B Italia and opens at Sotheby's Paris from 5 – 15 February. For more information about the auction, visit Sotheby's here.