City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past exhibition

Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days

8 April–13 August 2017

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 unique. Creative restrictions were key to the experiment—being limited to materials at hand and the time available. 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, ninety-nine chairs are lent by Nina Yashar, of Nilufar Gallery, Milan. When Gamper visited New Zealand to install the exhibition, he made a hundredth chair, especially for our show.