Designed and made in Melbourne, the 100th Chair for the 100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper exhibition at RMIT University Design Hub has been revealed.
Renowned for his cross-disciplinary and culturally responsive approach to design, London-based Martino Gamper first came to international 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 humourous forms.
Since its first iteration in London, 100 Chairs in 100 Days has travelled to Dusseldorf, Milan, San Francisco, Firminy, Athens, Marugame and now, for the first time, to Australia at RMIT Design Hub this Thursday.
Each time the collection is shown, Gamper creates a new 100th chair, in one day, informed by the people, culture and architecture of the place in which it is made.
Materials for the Melbourne 100th chair, titled Springmate, were sourced from RMIT Design Hub and the University’s workshops, and through a call-out to the community for objects that held personal significance to the owner.
Taking these objects apart is integral to Gamper’s process of re-making a new 100th chair.
In carefully deconstructing the objects he gains insight into their history, design, construction and material.
The stories of these objects are also collected and form a rich resource in the development of the new piece.
For Gamper, 100 Chairs in 100 Days is an evolving experiment in transforming limitations into possibilities:
“A chair is an object representative of our everyday lives.
“As consumers, we buy, use and then – when we find something we like better – we release objects for new ones.
“Chairs seem to go through this evolution very quickly.
“What you find on the street speaks to the ideas that society has rejected – it reveals something about our culture and the direction that we are taking as a community.”
Further developing these ideas, Gamper will lead a three-day workshop at RMIT Design Hub with 14 designers, architects, artists and researchers invited from across Australia.
The results of this workshop will be shown in an exhibition on Level 3 of Design Hub that will open a week following the launch of 100 Chairs in 100 Days (Thursday 3 March).
100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper
RMIT Design Hub, RMIT University, Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton
Friday 26 February to Saturday 9 April
Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm, Saturday 12 to 5pm
Opening event 6 to 8pm, Thursday 25 February
Public conversation with Martino Gamper
6.30pm, Friday 26 February
RMIT Design Hub, Lecture Theatre 2, Level 2
Martino Gamper is available for on and off-site interviews on Friday 26 February – contact Emma Telfer on 0433 464 962 or firstname.lastname@example.org to organise an interview time.