From gallery display case to your wardrobe
A necklace from Gaetano Pesce's new jewellery collection
Italian-born, New York based architect and designer Gaetano Pesce is more used to seeing his work on display in a museum (London’s V&A, the Louvre in Paris, New York’s Museum of Modern Art to name a few) than on sale in a boutique, but he and Rosy Biffi, an owner and buyer at Milan’s super luxurious Banner and Biffi stores go way back.
‘I discovered Gaetano thanks to a wonderful small bowl of his I found in a beautiful Milan shop’ explains Rosy, ‘it was being fought over by two well-known Italian architects, but while two dispute, a third enjoys…so the small bowl became mine. One day in 2003 he stopped by our Banner store, where the bowl was displayed, and he was impressed to see one his earliest pieces on show. That day our first collaboration began.’
Gaetano Pesce at work on one of his installations
Already world famous for his inventive approach to installations, artwork and furniture design (distinctive for their other-wordliness and vibrant colours), Gaetano has now turned his attentions to the art of jewellery making, and a collection simply titled ‘Pieces For The Body’ (presumably this artist prefers to do his talking with his visuals rather than his words).
Each piece is a one-off and hand-made, and will be celebrated via an exhibition at the Galerie Basia Embiricos in Paris, where the collection will be on display. Well, most of it – several of the necklaces, rings and bracelets will be on sale exclusively at Biffi and Banner between 7th and 24th December, thanks to the enduring friendship between the boutique and the designer.
Chairs designed by Gaetano Pesce
For Rosy though, it’s the idea of owning your own wearable little piece of art that’s really exiting ‘I love the plasticity, colors, and shapes of his pieces - always avant-garde, but with great poetry. They all communicate great joy and I like to consider them art pieces to be shown off.’
Some of the Gaetano Pesce pieces at Biffi and Banner, available to buy on farfetch