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100 Chairs at RMIT Design Hub

Design - by Open Journal
  • Photo: Lionel Catelan

The 100th chair for the 100 Chairs in 100 Days exhibition by Martino Gamper has been revealed. Gamper’s project is the result of considered repurposing, where he collects disused and discarded chairs, dismantles them and reassembles them into re-imagined forms.

The exhibition has done the rounds to enormous success. Starting in London it has moved from San Fransisco to Milan. For each exhibition the 100th chair is used to represent the local context to reflect the creative culture it’s found itself in.

In the Melbourne iteration- the first showing of the installation in Australia- the 100th chair has been sourced by RMIT Design Hub via a community call-out for material donations. Entitled Springmate, ‘Melbourne’s Chair’ aims to offer insight into the people, objects and built environment that makes Melbourne unique.

“A chair is an object representative of our everyday lives,” says Gamper.

“As consumers, we buy, use and then – when we find something we like better – we release objects for new ones. Chairs seem to go through this evolution very quickly.

“What you find on the street speaks to the ideas that society has rejected – it reveals something about our culture and the direction that we are taking as a community.”

Gamper has been praised for his culturally responsive approach to design, 100 Chairs at RMIT Design Hub is no exception.

Martino Gamper with the new 100th Chair made at Gossard Workshop, RMIT University, Melbourne. Photography by Tobias Titz.

Martino Gamper with the new 100th Chair made at Gossard Workshop, RMIT University, Melbourne. Photography by Tobias Titz.

RMIT Design Hub,

RMIT University, Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton until Saturday 9 April
Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm, Saturday 12 to 5pm
Free admission

 

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