Saturday, June 9, 2007
100 Chairs in 100 Days
Chair Examples from the exhibition
Designer Martino Gamper made a bid to make 100 new chairs from elements of old discarded and donated ones, each one taking a day to make. What interested me about this project was not so much the chair designs themselves, but the concept and reasoning the designer gave - "by deconstructing the chairs I gained a new insight into its construction and use of materials which informs the creation of the new design".
The idea of extracting elements from existing successful design and re-combining them to produce new outcomes and new ideas provides a fascinating approach to any area of design and a way by which to challenge the conventions/style of the time. Gamper's chairs illustrate just how original these outcomes can be.