3 April – 4 May
Preview Wednesday 3 April 6–8pm
312 Karangahape Road
Cnr K Rd & East St
P +64 9 309 7848
Hookaloti presents a playful environment filled with hundreds of wall mounted hooks. The hooks are all functional, yet decorative, designed to be used individually or in clusters, and incredibility idiosyncratic. Made in ceramic, hand-formed glass, recycled plastic, wood, found objects, forged steel and sand cast aluminium, Gamper has piggybacked on various New Zealand workshops of friends and craft studios. This is a project about exploration, invention and collaboration. All the work is informed by the place that it is made, the possibilities and limitations of each studio. The artisanal interests of each host has had huge bearing on what work has been made. The aluminium hooks from Karl Fristch’s Wellington Studio, were carved rapidly from polystyrene and sand cast within minutes. Recycled Christchurch plastics in Rob Upritchard’s studio were shredded, heated and sausage like extrusions were hand formed into plausible hooks. The glass hooks were fabricated in Monmouth Glass studio, Ponsonby, in a single morning. Rather than blowing glass, the artist and Stephen Bradbourne decided to work with the natural inclinations of the material by elongating a glass drop. The ceramic hooks in this show were made in multiple potteries over the last 5 years- Shoal Bay (Great Barrier), Rahu Road Pottery (Paeroa), Mount pottery (Mount Manganui), Nicholas Brandon’s pottery (Kaimata) and Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Pottery.
Gamper is foremost a wood worker. During his New Zealand trip he made 2 tables out of 40,000 year old swamp Kauri, mined in the 1980’s and sourced as a ‘job lot’ from Kaitaia, carefully conserved by a local woodturner, in Darryl Ward and Katie Lockhart’s Hillcrest garage. ‘Trade Me’ found, 1970’2 NZ manufactured chairs, caught Gamper’s eye because of their mid-century design quality have been transformed into a group of 4 velvet upholstered chairs.
An installation titled Gesamtkunsthandwerk will also be showing across Michael Lett and Ivan Anthony galleries. The title refers to a fusion of art, design and craft, with a focus on the handmade. A continuation of a project by Karl Fritsch, Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard begun in 2011 at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, Gesamtkunsthandwerk includes artworks by Nicholas Brandon, Jaime Jenkins, Laurie Steer and Lisa Walker.
FOG Design+Art 2019
Martino Gamper, Francis Upritchard
Anton Kern Gallery
FOG Design+Art 2019
January 17 –20, 2019
Enveloped by India yellow walls, Anton Kern Gallery’s debut booth at FOG Design+Art is the stage for an intricately designed installation of Francis Upritchard’s sculptures, ceramics, and drawings, coupled with Martino Gamper’s furniture. Wife and husband, and frequent collaborators, Upritchard and Gamper bring together contrasting yet complementing approaches to the making of three-dimensional objects.
The couple’s joint presentation at FOG is decidedly inspired by the counter-culture and Nature Boys movements that sprang up in California in the 1940s and 50s, and culminated in the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco. In addition, it can be read as an homage to the spirit of legendary sculptor and designer J.B. Blunk, who had built his home and studio in the 1960s near the town of Inverness, CA: exactly where Gamper fabricated the tables, seats and shelves shown at the fair. Combined with Upritchard’s marvelous and eccentric figures, glass and bronze sculptures, as well as watercolor drawings, this collaboration creates a synergetic environment that echoes the spirit of the city.
A 2018 Arnold Circus update in smaller kid size proportions.
Perfect for children to sit on, as well as for storage or side tables in their spaces. The design is still as light and versatile as the original.
Available in a full range of colours from Martinos shop in early 2019.
Martino Gamper in conversation
with Alice Rawsthorn
26 November 2018
Sir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP
Doors open at 6.30pm
Drinks reception 8–9pm
Arnold Circus Stool Special Colour-Pistachio
NEW- Arnold Circus Stool Special Colour-Pistachio
Rotation moulded plastic
430 x 350 x 440mm l/w/h
Arnold Circus stool in Pistachio Green is a new special edition colour, with all profits from its sales going to the Friends of Arnold Circus
Arnold Circus is situated in the heart of Shoreditch, East London. Built on the rubble of the old slums,
it is part of the Boundary Estate, London’s first council housing project.
The Arnold Circus Stool was designed by Martino Gamper as part of a regeneration project in 2006. It is the official seating for Arnold Circus events like the circus picnic, brass band concerts, carrom tournaments, flower plantings, music and film events.
Round & Square Collection
Round & Square Collection
Brompton Design district
London Design Festival
4 Cromwell Place
16 - 24 September 2017
Gamper presents Round & Square, a new collection of studio-made furniture based on an intricate wood joint. All hand-crafted in his workshop in Hackney, they form a home collection that includes chairs, tables, shelves, armchairs and stools/side tables.
Images: Angus Mill
Martino Gamper- Middle Chair
Preview Sunday 4 June, 2017, 2 - 5 PM
Pollok Country Park
Glasgow · G43 1AT ·
Mon - Sun: 10 am - 5 pm
‘Middle Chair’ is a project presented by The Modern Institute taking place within Pollok House, which brings together chairs made by Martino Gamper, installed throughout the 18th century stately home.
Replacing several of the chairs in the house’s interior collection, Gamper’s intervention places his contemporary design pieces as a central part of the existing display and function of the publically accessible house. Contrasting the period furnishings, Gamper’s uniquely built chairs are hybridised forms using found pieces of furniture, cut and assembled with new materials. Intended to assume the roles of either display chairs, within the collection exhibits or as chairs for use by invigilators and visitors. Gamper’s chairs can be found as a main part of a room’s display set up, as if part of the originally operational house - a desk chair in The Morning Room, or a dining set around the existing table in The Dining Room. Gamper’s chairs can also be found on the edges of the corridors and rooms, amongst the many not-in-use chairs within the house’s collection, as well part of the current functioning chairs, replacing the stackable modern chairs in daily use.
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
BY MARTINO GAMPER AND BRIGITTE NIEDERMAIR
In Association with Wallpaper*
10 - 18 March
Wallpaper* Exhibition Space
1 Poultry Lane, London, EC2R 8EJ
DEDAR ANNOUNCES A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT THE WALL
In 2017, the Italian interior textile house, Dedar, celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a new collaboration between the designer Martino Gamper and the artist Brigitte Niedermair.
Screenshot is a conceptual photography project synthesising 500 years of the colour blue in figurative art. This concept is transposed onto Dedar’s sophisticated fabrics, which are then further transformed into a design serial piece of art.
The result is a highly unexpected and innovative project, which takes the idea of a wall decoration, combining the realms of three-dimensional design and art history, and produces a series of beautifully printed panels framed in teak and brass. The panels can be customised for each owner into any number of configurations, thus offering endless opportunities and possibilities.
Dedar has worked with a range of creative minds in the past but this collaboration is the first time that it has united an artist and a designer in this way.
No Ordinary Love - Martino Gamper with Friends
SEASON 3, 17 Sep – 20 Jan
3, Launceston Place, London, W8 5RL
The design of unique pieces and artisanal objects motivates the ongoing and consuming question, “design or art?” Today, the opening of countless galleries enhances the production and stimulates the market for this kind of design.
SEE••DS, a space that has emerged on the scene, placing itself midway between art and design, is treating this debate with conscious levity: on the one hand, hoping to overcome it; on the other, dealing with new possible interpretations and welcoming projects that are provocatively fun. This is the case with the exhibition "NO ORDINARY LOVE – MARTINO GAMPER W/ FRIENDS", which brings about collaborative creation dynamics that are capable of highlighting inconsistencies in the "design system" through the objects that arise from these collaborations.
The experiment started from the workshop aimed at fostering a collective-based project, bringing together a group of designers — Tiago Almeida, Faudet Harrison, Lars Frideen, Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies, Martino Gamper, Gemma Holt, Jochen Holz, Max Lamb, Will Shannon, Silo Studio, Harry Thaler, Bethan Wood — who are already friends, but had never previously worked as a collective.
After having introduced our first rule DAZE OR DOUBLE questioning the importance of the authorship in design and our second rule AUCTION NO AUCTION, putting into evidence the role of fate or randomness in the value of a piece, we would like to reinstate, for the third and final opening of SEASON 3, the primordial link between the production material and the value of a design piece. For SCALE UP AND GIVE IN, we will show a new production of bronze candle sticks made by NO ORDINARY LOVE 'Collective' and each piece's final price will literally depend on its weight. Taken from the press release.