Martino Gamper

Martino Gamper (1971) began his career in design at a young age as an apprentice furniture maker in Merano, Italy. He went on to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and then completed a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied under Ron Arad.

Each of these early experiences informed the designer Gamper was to become: A craft-based knowledge and innate skill for making (especially in carpentry) an interest in the decorative arts and Arts and Crafts and an artists sensibility and individualism are all characteristics of how Gamper works today.

Gamper currently runs his eponymous design studio and workshop in East London. From here he engages in a wide variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. 100 Chairs in 100 Days was a pivotal, much acclaimed, 2008 project that established Gamper's radical 'interrventionalist' approach to making. Today, his works are displayed in both art and design venues and Gamper frequently produces new bodies of works in response to a specific location.

Recent works and projects include; 'design is a state of mind' at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, 'Period Room' Palais De Tokyo, Paris; 'Tu casa, mi casa', The Modern Institute, Glasgow, amongst many others. Gamper has produced works for mass production for companies such as Magis and Established & Sons and regularly takes on private commissions as well as manufacturing products himself such as the Arnold Circus Stool and the recent Recto Verso chair.

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