Martino Gamper L'Arco della Pace 2009 Coloured veneer, poplar plywood Courtesy of Martino Gamper Exhibition View Exhibition View Exhibition View Exhibition View Vico Magistretti Nuvola Rossa 1977 / 2014 Beechwood Courtesy of Cassina showroom, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Objects courtesy of Andrew Stafford Charlotte Perriand Bibliothèque 1952 Pine, varnished wood, varnished sheet aluminium Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Michael Marriott Exhibition View Exhibition View Exhibition View Martino Gamper Turnaround 2011 Teak, coloured veneer, block board with maple edges Courtesy of the artist and Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Ernst Gamperl Andrea Branzi Gritti Bookcase 1981 Laminated wood, ash wood, crystal Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Maki Suzuki Anna Castelli Ferrieri Bookcase 1946 Walnut-veneered wood, painted metal Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Jurgen Bey Exhibition View Exhibition View Franco Albini 838 Veliero 1940 / 2014 Ash, brass, stainless steel, iron, glass Courtesy of Cassina showroom, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Objects courtesy of Oiva Toikka Martino Gamper Collective No.5 2008 Black mdf, walnut veneer, ash veneer, zirm wood veneer, engraved aluminium labels Ignazio Gardella Bookcase 1970 Wood, black lacquered metal Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Mats Theselius Andrea Branzi Wall bookshelf 2011 Toulipiè, crystal Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Daniel Eatock Osvaldo Borsani Integrated modular shelving unit and desk, Model E22 1947-1955 Desk: walnut-veneered wood, painted metal, brass Chair: stained wood, fabric Courtesy of Galleria Rossella Colombari, Milan – Italy Objects courtesy of Paul Neale Andrea Branzi Grandi Legni GL21 2009 Reclaimed wood, steel Courtesy of Nilufar Gallery Objects courtesy of Andrew McDonagh and Andreas Schmid Michael Marriott Double Bracket 1995 / 2014 Bronze Courtesy of Michael Marriott Objects courtesy of Max Lamb and Gemma Holt Martino Gamper Booksnake Shelf 2002 Plywood, cherry veneer, Lebanese cedar veneer, pine veneer, solid cherry wood, knock-in fittings Courtesy of David Gill Galleries Objects courtesy of Michael Anastassiades Demetrius Comino Dexion Slotted Angle 1947 / 2014 Steel Courtesy of Dexion Storage Systems Objects courtesy of Ron Arad

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Martino Gamper:
design is a state of mind
5 March 2014 – 21 April 2014
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London Uk
www.serpentinegalleries.org

Serpentine Galleries has invited the influential London-based Italian
designer Martino Gamper to curate a new exhibition at the Serpentine
Sackler Gallery. design is a state of mind will present a landscape of
shelving systems, telling the story of design objects and their impact on our
lives. This is the second major design exhibition staged by the Serpentine,
following Design Real curated by Konstantin Grcic in 2009.
Martino Gamper said: “There is no perfect design and there is no über-design.
Objects talk to us personally. Some might be more functional than others,
and the emotional attachment is very individual. This exhibition will showcase
a very personal way of collecting and gathering objects – these are pieces
that tell a tale.”

An extensive display of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day
will form the backbone of the exhibition. Ranging from historic design
classics and one-off pieces, to industrial, utilitarian, contemporary and newly
commissioned work, the exhibition will include designs by Gaetano Pesce,
Franco Albini, Ettore Sottsass, Ercol, Gio Ponti and IKEA. Each display
system will also be used to organise and exhibit collections of objects
curated from the personal archives of Gamper’s friends and colleagues as
well as an extensive library of contemporary furniture manufacturing
catalogues from around the world. Among the designers whose collections
will be displayed are: Enzo Mari; Paul Neale; Max Lamb & Gemma Holt; Jane
Dillon; Michael Marriott; Sebastian Bergne; Fabien Cappello; Adam Hills;
Michael Anastassiades; Andrew McDonagh & Andreas Schmid; Daniel
Eatock and Martino Gamper himself.
Martino Gamper: design is a state of mind is presented in collaboration with
Museion, Bolzano, Italy and Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli in Turin
and runs concurrently with an expansive exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery
by American artist Haim Steinbach. Furthering the Serpentine’s commitment
to contemporary design, both exhibitions highlight objects that have made a
significant impact on our lives and offer new perspectives on material
culture.
The exhibition is sponsored by renowned Italian department store la
Rinascente who have – in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries –
commissioned Martino Gamper to conceive a site-specific installation for the
arcades of their Milan store. This exciting new commission, In a State of
Repair, will be launched at Salone Internazionale del Mobile International
furnishing accessories exhibition in April. Further support for the exhibition
comes from the design is a state of mind Exhibition Circle and the Italian
Cultural Institute, London. Taken from the press release

Photograph: © 2014 Hugo Glendinning