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Designed in 1969, the Up line instantly became one of the most sensational symbols of design with its striking shapes upholstered in stretch fabric. An innovative solution straddling design and art to offer to a broad spectrum of consumers, it is the result of the outstanding technological know-how of B&B Italia in polyurethane injection moulding. Among the armchairs, the iconic UP5_6 stands out with its distinct human resemblance. It is actually a large womb, recalling the votive statues of prehistoric goddesses of fertility. But it has an additional element, a sphere that serves as a pouf attached to the main body of the armchair. The image conveyed of cosiness and comfort is counterbalanced with a more figurative image of a woman with a ball and chain. Gaetano Pesce tells us about the project: “At the time, I was telling a personal story about what my concept of a woman is: a woman has always reluctantly been trapped. So, I wanted to give this chair the shape of a woman with a ball and chain, which is also the traditional image of a prisoner.” The armchair also comes in a junior version, for children from three years old upwards, which is perfectly like the original but smaller. The UP7 ‘foot’, also in the range, is an sculptural object, an oversized archaeological fragment, in coated polyurethane.
Brand: B&B
Designer: Gaetano Pesce
Anno: 1969