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Miniature La Mamma

By Vitra


  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    La Mamma (Donna) is completely in tune with the spirit of Pop Art and the Gaetano Pasce fondness for anthropomorphic shapes. The chair was actually designed to resemble a prehistoric, female fertility figure, with a ball attached to symbolize captivity. The unconventional nature of the shape also applies to the construction and marketing of the chair which was one of a series of six. Together they succeeded in marking a radical break from traditional upholstery production thanks to the technology developed by C & B Italia for creating oversized foam parts. Donna consists of a molded monoblock of foam withut any supporting structure since the foam rubber is dense and free-standing. First a finished piece of furniture covered with elastic nylon jersey is reduced in a vacuum chamber to about 10% of its normal volume and is then wrapped in airtight foil. The customer can easily transport the otherwise unwieldy piece single-handedly. After removal of the wrapper at the destination, the chair slowly recoveres its original shape without outside help as air seeps back into the capillaries of the polyurethane foam.

  • Technical Info

    H15 x W23 x D19 cm

    Material: Polyurethane foam, nylon-jersey.

  • Designer
    Gaetano Pesce
    Born in La Spezia in 1939, he began his studies in 1959 at the IUAV of Venice, and simultaneously at the "Istituto superiore di disegno industriale". He participated in the foundation of the Gruppo N (for "programmed art") of Padua, and collaborated with the German Gruppo Zero, with the Paris based Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuelle ,and with the Milan based Gruppo T. He started exhibiting his works in 1964. IN 1965, he presented the "Primo manifesto per un'architettura elastica" ('First Manifesto for an elastic architecture) at the conference "Society in architecture", in Jyvaskyla, Finland. Ever since his beginnings, he was interested in visual communication and interior design. In 1972, he was invited to the exhibition "Italy: the new domestic landscape" at the MOMA in New York, as a representative of Italian Radical architecture. In 1973, he he was one of the founders of Global Tools. In 1975, the Centre Pompidou dedicates the exhibition "Le futur est peut-etre passé" to his work. Since 1983, he has lived and worked in New York, where he taught at the Cooper Union School of Architecture and Art from 1985 to 1987. Pesce is, without a doubt, a versatile creator, able to confer intensity to any project in both design (UP series, 1969) and architecture (the controversial competition "Pahlavi National Library" in Teheran, 1978). To Pesce, both architecture and design are one of many artistic languages, a means to express his ideology, an act of protest against institutionalised systems.
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  • Delivery

    4-6 weeks

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