Gaetano Pesce’s design for Cassina is a homage to New York

Gaetano Pesce Tramonto a New York screen for Cassina
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Cassina presents ‘Tramonto a New York’, a new piece by Gaetano Pesce that pays tribute to the city of New York through an artistic reproduction of its skyline in bright colour. 

The Italian, New York-based designer and Cassina are long-term collaborators, the Italian company being the manufacturer of Pesce’s 1986 Feltri armchair, described as ‘the result of representational research played out on the hybrid field between art and practicality.’

Sketch of Gaetano Pesce Tramonto a New York screen for Cassina

‘Tramonto a New York’ sketch, courtesy of Gaetano Pesce and Cassina

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For this new piece, the designer takes a new route, creating a more artistic design that reproduces the city with stylized, colourful and patterned shapes. The piece follows Pesce’s ‘Tramonto a New York’ sofa, but the semi-transparent polyurethane resin elements of the screen allows the light to shimmer through the bold hues to create a glimmering effect. 

Speaking of the polyurethane resin, Pesce notes: ‘The material used to make it is dear to me because it has more quality than glass in terms of transparency, brightness and non-fragility: resin is a better material than its traditional counterparts for its ease of workmanship and high-quality of its products.’

Gaetano Pesce Tramonto a New York screen for Cassina, detail shot

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The screen is formed of three panels, each a unique signed piece, joined together with specially developed bronzed brass hinges. To recreate the vibrant skyline, Pesce poured coloured resin into moulds in different phases, choosing a palette that includes bright blue, pink and green, surmounted by a large red sun. No piece is alike, as the colours were mixed ad-hoc to recreate the right intensity. 

‘New York is a place thriving with innovation and colours,’ observes Pesce. ‘My screen recalls the shapes of its towers with the tints of their spatial vitality. The result is a positive, innovative, happy object that will bring value to the space where it will be placed.’


Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.