Martino Gamper: reconfiguring recycled objects into functional art

Known for his Exhibitions “100 Chairs in 100 days” of 2007 and “7 Chairs in 7 Days” of 2010,  (some examples above) Italian-born but London-based, artist/designer Martino Gamper (b. 1971) is one master recycler, incorporating into his reconfigurations anything from discarded chairs off the streets to authentic Italian classics by Carlo Mollino and Gio Ponti.

And although it seems that much of his work is more artistic than practical, this rising designer also produces beautiful and functional pieces for the likes of Moroso (green bergère) and Nilufar Unlimited.  For Nilufar he produced the Postmondus chair below, a reinterpretation of the mid-19th century Thonet chair no. 16 that unlike many of today’s “re-interpretations” of classics by other designers is truly an excellent and unique piece that one could see Michael Thonet himself embracing.
Gamper also builds some funky and radical looking casegoods with mdf and laminate.  Some of my favorites are the desk and chest (below).  Can’t you just see these pieces included in super spaces designed by David Collins or Peter Marino?
image credits: Collage 6 chairs: © Martino Gamper & åbäke + © Anna Arca | Chest: Nilufar, Italy | all others Martino Gamper, London.
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