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Martino Gamper has designed tables, sofas, situations, kitchens, public furniture, lights, speakers, exhibitions, corners, and food. He has a long-standing interest in underused spaces and unwanted things. For his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days, he did exactly as the title suggests, swiftly and spontaneously creating 100 different chairs, each of them a kind of three-dimensional collage, from a cache of secondhand acquisitions. Together the chairs present an eclectic collection of odd angles, strange protuberances, and (for the adventurous) unfamiliar experiences in sitting.
After an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking, Gamper studied sculpture and product design in Vienna and later received his degree from the Royal College of Art in London; London remains his home base today. He has worked with and for: Nilufar Gallery, the British Council, Delfina, Bloomberg, Sotheby's, Tom Dixon, Wallpaper, Abäke, Walter Thaler, Sexymachinery, and Brompton Quarter. He has exhibited recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.
The Design and Craft Lecture Series is funded by the Wornick Endowment Fund.