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100 Chairs in 100 Days


“There is no perfect chair”, says Martino Gamper. 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.

The exhibition, that has travelled around several cities over the last ten years, was in New Zealand until mid-August. Nina Yashar lent 99 chairs of Nilufar Gallery, Milan. When Gamper visited New Zealand, he made a hundredth chair, especially for the show.

According to Gamper: "I wanted 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”.


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