The Extension

Melissa + Gaetano Pesce Jelly Bootie

Posted in Architecture, Art, Design, Fashion by ologundudu on February 28, 2011

Love these. I remember the very first pair of Melissa shoes I had back in high school. The entire sneaker was made of blue and clear plastic. If I wore them without socks, you could see the silhouette of my foot which was very sexy, after a fresh pedicure.

These joints below are part of a collaboration between the Brazilian brand Melissa and Gaetano Pesce.

The most interesting thing about this shoe, is that the plastic discs can be cut and customized to the wearer’s liking. A few of the photos below, show some of these options…

Below are a few photos of the designer/artist and his work. Pesce is an Italian designer who has lived in New York since 1980 and has been described as one of the most independent thinkers on the international design scene today. He main works are furniture and house ware designs; chairs and ottomans, couches and vases, but to box him in would be wrong since his most famous artist work is the ‘Organic Building’ in Osaka, Japan. Some of his pieces are today part of the MoMA’s permanent collection, although many are not on view. Pesce, born in 1939, studied architecture and industrial design in Venice early in his career. The Organic Building was completed in 1993.

Check out the photos below…

The artist himself.

The Organic Building. The plant pots along the exterior of the building contain 80 different species of bamboo.

Pesce’s Rock Vase, made of resin.

Pesce’s Golgotha Chair made of dacron-filled and resin coated fibreglass cloth. FYI- dacron is a type of polyester fabric.

Pesce’s chair and ottoman designed for B&B Italia, as part of his “Up” chair series. B&B Italia is a luxury modern furniture brand and manufacturing company. Divided into two main brands under the B&B umbrella, they are B&B Italia and Maxalto, with Maxalto focusing more on wood processing.

Melissa

Gaetano Pesce

B&B Italia

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