Coat rack Meta Cactus by Drocco & Mello - Gufram


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Coat rack Meta Cactus by Drocco & Mello - Gufram

Date: 2012
Drocco & Mello

Brand: Gufram
Color: green, orange
Material: polyurethane, coating Guflac®
Dimensions: 110 70 L x W x H cm 170

Availability: Delivery under 3 weeks

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Published by Gufram, 2012

Internal steel structure embedded in polyurethane foam

Weight: 28 kg

Limited edition of 300 copies, numbered certificate

In 2012, the cactus appeared in a new limited edition called Metacactus.

In this variation, the color green blends with orange, as if toasted by the scorching desert sun.

"This cactus is a surreal son of anti design"
Guido Drocco

Guido Drocco is an architect and designer, he comes from the Politecnico of Turin.

From 1962, he worked with the architects Gabetti and Isola. He received numerous architecture awards and continued his collaboration with Gufram.

With Franco Mello, he was part of the Radical Movement of the 60s, an avant-garde movement using pop culture and even Kitch to challenge the canons of modernist good taste. For the young generation of designers of the 60s, plastic appears as a providential material, in a society that reintroduces fantasy and comfort.

The creations of the time all have something of the "object-manifest".

Gufram, the publisher since 1968 brings together in 1972 the collection called "I Multipli", of which the Cactus. It includes unusual pieces always in limited edition (also present in the largest museums in the world) including the famous Pratone (the Meadow), giant blades of polyurethane grass into which you throw yourself rather than sit down, the giant "armchair" pebbles Sedilsasso or the sofa Bocca, in homage to the sofa Mae West by Dali ... 

The objects of the "I Multipli" collection have been designed to free users from their behavioral habits. Among their influences, land art was a real source of inspiration for designers of the 60s.

This collection is made up of designs made of hardened polyurethane foam with a patented lacquer finish called:


Here the Cactus is still a desert plant but it is thornless and made on a human scale ... It is, according to its creator, the "surreal son of anti-design with phytomorphic inspiration"

Since then, Guido Drocco and Franco Mello's cacti have been developed by Gufram with many different colors and names, like the white Biancocactus, the black Nerocactus, and the red Rossocactus (all from 2010), and finally the Metacactus, with colors as burnt by the sun (2012).

The originals are included in the collections of many institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Center Georges Pompidou and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and Tate Modern in London.


The subject of several, free and often ambiguous interpretations, Cactus is the icon of Italian design that has revolutionized the domestic landscape, by subverting the borders between indoor area and open space. Cactus comes as an ironic totem, and embodies the grit, the imagination and the humor of the design of the Seventies. Likely to draw upon itself everybody's attention, this hall-tree redeems itself from functionalism at all costs, because it can perform its function, but also be used as a merry decorative element. You have freedom of interpretation. Cactus comes to life in 1972 thanks to the genius of Guido Drocco and Franco Mello, and from the start it questions the static and rigid world of interior design.

Its first edition was a very deep emerald shade (sold out edition), and since then it is cyclically reinterpreted according to the color and the style of the moment. In 2007 we had the white version (sold out edition); in 2010 it was the turn of red and black.

In 2012, on occasion of the first piece's fortieth anniversary, Cactus came in a new limited edition called Metacactus. In this variation the green lime color fades into orange at the tips, as if they were toasted by the scorching sun of the desert.

For Gufram's comeback to France in 2015, the company introduces a new limited special edition of the legendary Cactus, named Lebluecactus (sold out edition). The hall tree designed by Drocco and Mello turns blue - the same shade as the French flag - a representative hue of all the myriad different nuances that populate the many latitudes of the “Hexagone”.

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Guido Drocco was born in San Benedetto Belbo, Cuneo, Italy on September 19, 1942. He graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin (Politecnico di Torino). He performs professional work in the field of architecture and industrial design and is active in Turin. Since 1996 he has been a lecturer in architectural design at the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin.

Franco Mello was born in Genoa in 1945. He lived and worked in Turin and in Spineto Scrivia. Mello creates in the fields of design, clothing, graphics, publishing and art. He works on reissues of art books, design catalogs and posters for many artists of the Arte Povera alla Transavanguardia, including Piero Manzoni, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Peone, Alberto Burri, Yves Klein, Bridget Riley and Pinot Gallizio.

Learn more about the brand

Gufram is an Italian furniture manufacturer based in Barolo (Piedmont region). Founded in 1966 by the Gugliermetto brothers, Gufram, acronym for "Gugliermetto Fratelli Arredamenti Moderni", takes the form of a creative laboratory: they combine their knowledge of local craftsmanship with the emerging architects and artists of the time. Their objects of art sculptures upset the aesthetics of furniture from the 1960s. From 1965, Gufram followed the artistic direction of designer Giuseppe Raimondi, who associated the company with emerging artists and architects of the time.

They study new choices of materials and mainly choose polyurethane foam to pad and structure their sculptural creations. Polyurethane will become their trademark. In addition to mastering the treatment of flexible polyurethane, Gufram has developed and patented a special finish: Guflac®, the true essence of the company's artisanal spirit: this special and unique paint job makes surfaces more uniform, consistent and elastic. . Soft and elegant shapes are thus created, innovative shapes that would otherwise be impossible to cover. 

Gufram icons, whatever collection they are part of, are made by sculpting flexible polyurethane foam which is then finished or decorated by hand with the Guflac® backing.

Their creations, in the wake of pop art, are anchored in the avant-garde movement of the 1960s.
In 1968, Gufram presented its products under the name Multipli: art objects industrially reproduced in limited edition. Gufram then met with considerable success with the public and the international press. Among their most remarkable creations: the Bocca sofa, originally designed by Salvador Dali, the Cactus coat rack, the majestic Pratone seat or even more recently the grotesque gravestone-shaped stools The End from the Toiletpaper collection, or the Broken Mirror imagined by Snarkitecture.
These “domestic sculptures” now appear in the most beautiful houses and the most renowned museums in the world.
The Gufram company was bought in 2012 by the entrepreneur Sandra Vezza and her son Charley as artistic director. They were able to breathe new life into the company, especially during the celebrations of the company's 2016th anniversary in 50, but also with new collaborations such as the one with Moschino “Moschino kissed Gufram”.

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