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Musical Shelf by Martino Gamper for Tamra Rojo
LDF Legacy Project with The American Hardwood Export Council
Made by Benchmark Furniture UK

Sir John Sorrell, Chairman of London Design Festival, invited leaders of London’s cultural institutions to collaborate with some of the world’s most prolific designers to create a ‘Legacy’ piece of design – an object of personal or professional relevance to them.
Each of the pieces – 10 in total – were beautifully crafted in American red oak, an exciting and sustainable hardwood species that grows abundantly in American forests, and were fabricated at Benchmark Furniture in Berkshire. Nine of the pieces, including Gampers, were presented as a group exhibition at the V&A, before they were relocated to the homes or institutions of each of the commissioners.

Gamper created a modular free-standing shelf for storing Tamara Rojo's (Artistic Director of the English National Ballet),record collection.
By turning the shelves at an oblique angle the covers are clearly visible making it easier to find which ever record Tamara may be looking for.
The darker horizontal elements are made of fumed red oak while the vertical ones are covered in a lighter diagonal veneer to create a contrast and emphasise the oblique design.

The 10 commissioners and designers were;
TAMARA ROJO CBE Artistic Director, English National Ballet, with MARTINO GAMPER
ALEX BEARD CBE Chief Executive, Royal Opera House, with TERENCE WOODGATE
AMANDA NEVILL CBE CEO, British Film Institute, with SEBASTIAN COX
HANS ULRICH OBRIST Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, with NINA TOLSTRUP and JACK MAMA, STUDIOMAMA
SIR IAN BLATCHFORD Director and Chief Executive, Science Museum Group, with MARLÈNE HUISSOUD
IWONA BLAZWICK OBE Director, Whitechapel Gallery, with YAEL MER and SHAY ALKALAY, RAW EDGES
SIR JOHN SORRELL CBE Chairman, London Design Festival, with JULIET QUINTERO, DALLAS-PIERCE-QUINTERO
KWAME KWEI-ARMAH OBE Artistic Director, Young Vic, with TOMOKO AZUMI
DR MARIA BALSHAW CBE Director, Tate, with MAX LAMB
DR TRISTRAM HUNT Director, V&A, with JASPER MORRISON


Photography: Petr Krejci