UP5 armchair from B&BItalia


The UP5 armchair from B&BItalia will surround you in it’s ‘womb-like’ embrace. A rare ‘liberated’ edition purchased without the attached footrest. 

Designed when, by whom:Italian architect Gaetano Pesce designed the anthropomorphic UP series, comprising 7 pieces, back in 1969. B&BItalia re released them in high performance materials in 2000. For the UP5_6 Pesce was inspired by the notion that women are shackled only by the limitations they put on themselves. This one is the rare ‘liberated’ edition without a ‘ball and chain’ footrest. Pesce moved to New York in 1983 where he still has a studio in SOHO.

Fabrication:Bayfit flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam upholstered in Fabric code Lora 153, a charcoal jersey fabric. The base is woven 100% jute hessian.

Hidden details:Curvaceous yet firm, be warned, once seated you will find it very hard to leave her because of the perfectly reclined comfort and headrest.

DC Collector:High collector value. Still in production. When told by the owner the chair was purchased alone without the footrest, we were sceptical, but discovered this was available for a time as confirmed via email with B&BItalia. The famous UP5 featured in this official image during the B&BItalia 50 Years in business anniversary celebrations last year.

Designer - Brand

Gaetano Pesce


H103cm W120cm D130cm W30kg



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