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100 Chairs in 100 Days


City Gallery Wellington
Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand
08 April - 13 August 2017

Martino Gamper says, '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.' Some ten years ago, the London-based, Italian-born furniture designer initiated his project, 100 Chairs in 100 Days. He made a new chair a day for a hundred days by collaging together bits of chairs that he found discarded on the street or in friends’ homes. Blending found stylistic and structural elements, he generated perverse, poetic, and humorous hybrids. The project combined formal and functional questions with sociological and semiological ones. Or, as Gamper put it: ‘What happens to the status and potential of a plastic garden chair when it is upholstered with luxurious yellow suede?’ The project was all about being creative, but within restrictions—being limited to materials at hand and the time available, with the requirement that each new chair be unique. Gamper's ‘three-dimensional sketchbook’ brought him international recognition. The project was exhibited in London in 2007, at the Milan Triennale in 2009, and at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, in 2010. For our show, ninety-nine chairs from the original project were lent by Nina Yashar, of Nilufar Gallery, Milan. While in New Zealand to install the show, Gamper made a new hundredth chair especially for our show.

A project by Martino Gamper
Collection loaned by Nina Yashar - Nilufar Gallery
Graphic Design: Åbäke
Curated for City Gallery, Wellington by Robert Leonard

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