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"Nobody's Perfect" Chair

Designed by Gaetano Pesce, Italian, born 1939. Made by Quattrocchio S.r.L., Alessandria, Italy, 1919 - present.

Made in Italy, Europe

Designed 2002; made June 26, 2003

Polyurethane-based resin, nylon pins

Seat: 17 11/16 x 16 5/16 x 16 5/16 inches (44.9 x 41.4 x 41.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003

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With Nobody's Perfect, Pesce came to terms with what he sees as the impossibility of truly perfect design. The pieces in this line of furniture reflect this belief literally, having been cast in molds by hand without uniform colors or dimensions. Because each chair or table is different, the person who physically produces it becomes part of the design process, signing a "birth" certificate that is issued with each piece. As such, a finished piece reveals the shortcomings of its maker as proof that nobody's perfect.