Comfy alternative investment...? Pesce's New York couch could bring $8,600


It's been a while since we delved into the 20th century Art Deco markets, here at Paul Fraser Collectibles. So here's look at a furniture highlight from Lajeunesse Perrin-Royère's upcoming sale in Versailles on June 26.

This comfy-looking piece in question is a sofa by the Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939). You might know him from his most famous building, the so-called "Organic Building" in Osaka. 

Elsewhere, Pesce's art pieces have been displayed at the collections of the MoMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Collectors will have a chance to place one of his works in their living room when this couch goes under the hammer, later this month.

According to the auctioneer's lot notes, it was created in 1979. The polyurethane underneath is covered by a cloth decorated to resemble American skyscrapers in shades of grey, while the cushion represents the orange sunset over New York.


The couch by Gaetano Pesce, entitled Tremonto New York

Apparently measuring 120 cm in height, 225 cm in length and 105 cm in diameter, the unique couch will appear for sale estimated at €5,000-6,000 ($8,598).

This couch also has some 'celebrity appearances' to its name, including appearances at Milan Design Week 2008 and at the Pompidou.

The above online photograph isn't the most flattering that we've seen of this unique piece - and eye-appeal could be a key factor in the sofa's success.

Nevertheless, if the couch manages to draw collectors and alternative investors on the day of the sale, then it could be once to watch at the Lajeunesse Perrin-Royère auction.


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