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architect: Braccio di Ferro per Cassina

year: 1972

The Golgotha suite is a reference to Bible history – to the passion of Christ and The Last Supper – reminding us of the sacramental value that objects had in traditional society, where every table was ultimately an altar and every meal an actualization of the Eucharist, an opening onto the transcendent.
The Golgotha suite comprises the following models: a diamond-shaped table in two sizes; a trapeziform table, known as the Arca desk, also in two sizes; and two versions of a chair, one with a high and one with a low back. The table and desk, constructed upside down, are made out of small bricks of black glass foam held together by red polyester resin, the excess of which drips,
or rather flows, down the sides. The tops are finished in blood-red gel coat. The Golgotha chairs are hand-made: their basic material is a white fiberglass cloth containing Dacron Fiberfill. The chairs were stiffened in a bath of polyester resin, hung on wire hooks and draped into the form of a chair. This treatment, without any additional framework, confers on the object its stability and diversity of form. These chairs were the first designs to fully realize the notion of an industrially produced ”series of originals” or aleatory production.“The Golgotha table was a response to the oil crisis – an apocalypse, in which machines no longer existed. The construction of this object was manual. The table was done as a brick wall covered with red liquid polyurethane. The casting and the pigment, with their disgorging of the table, recalled my theater piece as well as my table of Christ’s passion. Theme of sacrifice.”
Gaetano Pesce