100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper

Renowned for his cross-disciplinary and culturally responsive approach to design, London-based Martino Gamper came to major acclaim with 100 Chairs in 100 Days. In this project Gamper collected disused chairs from London alleyways and friends’ homes and reassembled them — one per day — into poetic and often humorous forms. Transcending mere design and function, Gamper’s methodology lets us uncover the stories hidden within objects. Shown in Australia for the first time, 100 Chairs in 100 Days is an experiment in transforming limitations into possibilities.

Drawing upon the history of furniture, the project has toured around the globe, with the 100th chair produced anew in each location. For this exhibition at Design Hub, Gamper will create a yet-to-be-unveiled 100th chair, fabricated within a single day and only using found materials, structures and designs.

The exhibition incorporates a workshop — in the form of an ‘ideas exchange’ — where Gamper will discuss his process-driven practice with local design researchers and practitioners.

“We are delighted to be working with Martino Gamper to bring 100 Chairs in 100 Days to RMIT Design Hub. The exhibition’s objects speak to ideas that move well beyond the fetishization of the ‘designer’ chair and are imbued with narrative, poetics, humour and cross-cultural references. Martino’s visit also provides an important opportunity to engage our design community with Martino’s thinking and research via participation within an invited workshop for local practitioners. This kind of exchange is central to our intent at Design Hub to curate exhibitions and programs that focus on design ideas and experimentation.” ­– Fleur Watson, Curator, Design Hub

100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper

RMIT Design Hub

Project Rooms 1 & 2, Level 2

26 February – 9 April, 2016


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