Born in 1939 in La Spezia, Italy, Gaetano Pesce graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Venice in 1965. His multidisciplinary practice encompasses architecture, urban planning, interior design, and industrial design. Pesce’s architectural projects include the Organic Building of Osaka in Japan (1990), a precursor to the ‘living wall,’ “in which the “co-existence of greenery, architecture, and human beings,” is the concept. Perhaps his best known project is the design for the advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day’s offices in New York (1994), a radical experimental layout that is considered the first mobile office.
Pesce has taught at several institutions including Cooper Union in New York, and the Institut d'Architecture et d'Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Pesce currently lives and works in New York.