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PublishedApril 11, 2017 at 01:45pm
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Martino Gamper

100 Chairs in 100 DaysCity Gallery, Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Saturday April 8, 2017 - Sunday August 13, 2017 - Event ended.

Martino Gamper says, ‘There is no perfect chair.’ Some ten years ago, the London-based, Italian-born furniture designer initiated his project, 100 Chairs in 100 Days. He made a chair a day for a hundred days by collaging components of old found chairs. By blending their stylistic and structural elements, he generated perverse, poetic, and humorous hybrids—each one unique. Creative restrictions were key to the experiment—being limited to materials at hand and the time available.

Martino Gamper Barbapapa 2007. Photo: Martino Gamper and Åbäke. Collection Nina Yashar, Nilafur Gallery
Martino Gamper Sonet Butterfly 2007. Photo: Martino Gamper and Åbäke. Collection Nina Yashar, Nilafur Gallery
Martino Gamper Om back 2007. Photo: Martino Gamper and Åbäke. Collection Nina Yashar, Nilafur Gallery
Martino Gamper Painter's Mate 2007. Photo: Martino Gamper and Åbäke. Collection Nina Yashar, Nilafur Gallery
Martino Gamper:100 Chairs in 100 Days at City Gallery Wellington, 2017
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Martino Gamper:100 Chairs in 100 Days at City Gallery Wellington, 2017

Martino Gamper:100 Chairs in 100 Days at City Gallery Wellington, 2017.

Gamper's ‘three-dimensional sketchbook’ brought him international recognition. It was exhibited in London in 2007, at the Milan Triennale in 2009, and at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2010. For our show, 99 chairs are lent by Nina Yashar, of Nilufar Gallery, Milan. When Gamper visits New Zealand to install, he will make a hundredth chair, especially for our show.

The Process of Making One Hundred Chairs


Martino Gamper: I didn’t make one hundred chairs just for myself or even in an effort to rescue a few hundred unwanted chairs from the streets. The motivation was the methodology: the process of making, of producing and absolutely not striving for the perfect one. This kind of making was very much about restrictions rather than freedom. The restrictions were key: the material, the style or the design of the found chairs and the time available—just a 100 days. Each new chair had to be unique, that’s what kept me working toward the elusive one-hundredth chair.

I collected discarded chairs from London streets (or more frequently, friends’ homes) over a period of about two years. My intention was to investigate the potential of creating useful new chairs by blending together the stylistic and structural elements of the found ones. The process produced something like a three-dimensional sketchbook, a collection of possibilities. I wanted to question the idea of there being an innate superiority in the one-off and used this hybrid technique to demonstrate the difficulty of any one design being objectively judged The Best. I also hope my chairs illustrate—and celebrate—the geographical, historical and human resonance of design: what can they tell us about their place of origin or their previous sociological context and even their previous owners? For me, the stories behind the chairs are as important as their style or even their function.

I wanted the project to stimulate a new form of design-thinking and to provoke debate about the value, functionality and the appropriateness of style for certain types of chair. What happens to the status and potential of a plastic garden chair when it is upholstered with luxurious yellow suede? The approach is elastic, highlighting the importance of contextual origin and enabling the creative potential of random individual elements spontaneously thrown together. The process of personal action that leads towards making rather than hesitating.


A project by Martino Gamper: Collection loaned by Nina Yashar, Nilufar Gallery.

City Gallery Wellington is a dynamic cultural presence in the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Established in 1980, City Gallery Wellington was the first significant non-collecting exhibition based public gallery in New Zealand. With a focus on contemporary visual arts, architecture and design the gallery has achieved a reputation for innovation and style, inspiring and challenging its audiences through local, national and international exhibitions as well as international exchanges and joint ventures with other art museums.

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