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Middle Chair

Martino Gamper- Middle Chair
Pollok House,

Preview Sunday 4 June, 2017, 2 - 5 PM

Pollok House,
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



In Association with Wallpaper*

10 - 18 March
Wallpaper* Exhibition Space
1 Poultry Lane, London, EC2R 8EJ

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.

NEO - J & L Lobmeyr

On the occasion of Vienna Design Week Passionswege
30 Sep - 08 Oct 2016
J. & L. Lobmeyr
Kärntner Straße 26
1010 Vienna

NEO - a tumbler with contemporary ornament. Martino Gamper is known for his
curiosity and his radical sense for experimentation. A very simple Double old
fashioned whiskey tumbler gets transformed by cutting, engraving, polishing, sand-blasting, hand-painting, gilding, and lustre painting.
“I wanted to take on the challenge of creating a contemporary ornament using the traditional Lobmeyr-techniques”. The project is part of the Vienna Design Week 2016 “Passionswege” project. The one-off prototypes are signed and sold as one group of 53 glasses. All single items will be produced on order. Taken from the press release.


St Marks Chair and Table for Moroso

St Marks Chair and Table for Moroso

In anodized aluminum or aluminium satin matte or ash and alumnium hybrid


100 Chairs in 100 Days - RMIT

RMIT Design Hub
Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets,
Carlton, Melbourne 3053 Australia
26 Feb 2016 - 09 April 2016

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 alleyways and friends’ homes and reassembled them — one per day — into poetic and often humorous forms. Shown in Australia for the first time, 100 Chairs in 100 Days is an experiment in transforming limitations into possibilities. For RMIT Design Hub, Gamper will create a new version of the 100th chair, fabricated within a single day and only using found materials, structures and designs. The exhibition incorporates a workshop or ‘ideas exchange’ where Gamper will discuss his process-driven practice with local invited designers. Taken from the press release.

A project by Martino Gamper
Collection loaned by Nina Yashar - Nilufar Gallery
Graphic Design: Åbäke
Curated for RMIT Design Hub by Fleur Watson


Francis Upritchard & Martino Gamper

Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
January 14 - February 20 2016

Wife and husband and frequent collaborators, Francis Upritchard and Martino Gamper bring together contrasting approaches to the making of three-dimensional objects. Upritchard is a sculptress from New Zealand with an extensive history of museum and gallery exhibitions, and Gamper an Italian designer with a wide and fascinating array of design exhibitions and commissions.

Their first joint exhibition at the gallery will blend sculpture and furniture in such a seamless way that genre or category seems temporarily thrown overboard. Upritchard and Gamper play with ideas of origin and derivation by combining figures, artifacts and pseudo-anthropological objects with newly designed as well as re-appropriated furniture, denying every concept of cultural purity and authenticity. Exhibited together, the works evoke ideas of the Gesamtkunstwerk and of cabinets of curiosities, albeit not in a Baroque palace but rather a contemporary cosmopolitan environment. The exhibition will include figures of varying sizes and materials, bronze dinosaurs, along with tables, chairs and consoles, and an assortment of ceramic bowls, pots, hats, lamps, and ornaments. Taken from the press release.


The Marksman Public House

Upstairs dining room designed by Martino Gamper.

254 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ


Photography ©Anabel Navarro Llorens

Post Forma - British Art Show 8

9 October - 27 October
Leeds Art Gallery,
The Hepworth Wakefield
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and British Art Show 8 present a new commission by leading designer Martino Gamper.

Post Forma, a major new commission by acclaimed Italian designer Martino Gamper, will open at Leeds Art Gallery on 9 October 2015 (until 11 October), as part of the opening weekend of Hayward Touring’s British Art Show 8 exhibition. Post Forma then move on to be presented at The Hepworth Wakefield (24 – 25 October) and at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (26 – 27 October). The British Art Show continues at Leeds Art Gallery until 10 Jan 2016.

As part of Post Forma the artist will be asking the public to bring along belongings to be renewed rather than thrown away. This new commission is driven by Gamper’s interest in how an object can be transformed or reused and by interactions with the public. This design process will involve the expertise of local craftspeople, who will meet and engage with visitors by providing a service in a public place, hosting workshops to learn new skills and sharing traditions.

A working loom will be located in the sculpture galleries at Leeds Art Gallery, where artisans will work on a daily basis to create a woven wall hanging that will evolve throughout the exhibition period. There will also be demonstrations of design interventions by skilled craftspeople in the gallery, with workshops specialising in book binding, shoe cobbling and chair caning, for the public to learn and contribute to a craft process that transforms repaired objects.

Post Forma has been by commissioned by Yorkshire Festival and Hayward Touring, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

The British Art Show is a landmark event for the visual arts which defines current tendencies and directions in contemporary art, and introduces a new generation of artists to a wider public. British Art Show 8, curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, will take over Leeds Art Gallery (from 9 Oct 2015 –10 Jan 2016). Taken from the press release.

Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones