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In Practice: Martino Gamper

Lecture with furniture designer Martino Gamper. During 2009 he was Iaspis resident in Stockholm.

In Practice: Lecture with Martino Gamper

Time: Thursday 17 December, 6 pm
Venue: The project room at Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm.

Martino Gamper is an Italian designer and furniture maker, based in London. He studied in Vienna, first sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, then product design at the University of Applied Arts. After returning to Italy, freelancing and working for design studios such as Studio Matteo Thun, he left for London in 1997. After graduating from the Royal College of Art he has run his own studio and received much recognition for projects like 100 Chairs in 100 Days (2007), Gio Ponti translated by Martino Gamper (2007), and his Trattoria projects: Trattoria al Cappello (2007 - ongoing) and Total Trattoria (2008).

Investigating social and physiological aspects of furniture, objects and space, Martino typically re-uses and transforms these to create new contexts and suggest another view or use. With his background in fine art and design he moves freely between the two and his work suggests an interesting dialogue between both fields. Over the years Martino has been involved in many collaborative projects: for example with Rainer Spehl in Furniture While You Wait (2001), We Make Remake (2002) and Reiner and Martino’s world cup, with Alex Rich and  Åbäke’s Maki Suzuki and Kajsa Ståhl in the Trattoria projects.

Martino Gamper’s work has also been presented in numerous exhibitions. Some examples are: Autoprogettazione Revisited, Architectural Association, London (2009); Manifesta7’, Fortezza/ Fanzensfeste, Italy (2008); Wouldn’t It Be Nice… Wishful Thinking in Art & Design, curated by Emily King and Katya Garcia-Anton (2007 – 2008); Getting it Louder, British Council traveling exhibition curated by Ou Ning, China (2007); ‘Book Corner’ traveling exhibition, British council, Milano (2002); Lost and Found, British Council exhibition;  Kulturhuset Stockholm (2001).

During 2009 Martino has been part of a residency/studio pilot program at Iaspis – a test of new forms of international working residencies hosted by Iaspis’ activities in the area of design, crafts and architecture. Martino Gamper’s studio residency is a collaboration between Iaspis and the art and desig practice Uglucute in Stockholm.


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