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When you don’t design. A talk with Martino Gamper and Johanna Agerman Ross



When you don’t design. A talk with Martino Gamper and Johanna Agerman Ross

The first talk of the series 'Project and Destiny: Reflections on design and architecture in Italy today'

Martino Gamper has built a reputation for making beautiful, well-made and thought-provoking objects in seemingly effortless ways.
Using humble materials or discarded furniture, his designs are imbued with something that feels lived and loved rather than industrially produced, even if it sometimes is.
It’s a crafts-based approach to design, but one that is inclusive rather than exclusive.
Some of Gamper’s work is not object-based, but instead incorporates projects such as workshops, collaborative dinners and community outreach programmes, stretching the field of what design is and can be. When you don’t design? looks at all the things Gamper does when not at work in his studio, the broader pursuits.


Martino Gamper (b. 1971, Merano, Italy) lives and works in London. Starting as an apprentice with a furniture maker in Merano, Gamper went on to study sculpture under Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He completed a Masters in 2000 from the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Ron Arad. Working across design and art venues, Martino Gamper engages in a 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. Gamper has presented his works and projects internationally, selected exhibitions and commissions: ‘Designers select designers’, Aram Gallery, London, (2018),’Tabula Rasa’, Franco Noero, Museo del Risorgimento, Torino, Italy (2017)‘Middle Chair’, The Modern Institute at Pollock House, Glasgow(2017); ’Below Stairs’, Sir John Soane Museum, London, Uk(2016); ’100 Chairs in 100 Days’, MIMOCA, Marugame, Japan (2015); ’design is a state of mind’, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2014); ‘Period Room’, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2014); ’Tu casa, mi casa’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); ‘Bench Years’, London Design Festival commission, V&A Museum, London (2012); ʻGesamtkunsthandwerk’ (Karl Fritsch, Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth – New Zealand (2011); Gamper was the recipient of the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art in 2011, and the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, Furniture Award in 2008 for his project ‘100 Chairs in 100 days’.

Johanna Agerman Ross is the founder of the quarterly design journal Disegno and a Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Johanna lectures regularly on issues around contemporary design culture and has recently delivered talks at HEAD Geneve, the Design Museum in London and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
She is currently working on the curation and design of the Modern and Contemporary Galleries at the V&A and recently helped acquire the Mae West Lips sofa by Salvador Dalí and Edward James for the museum’s collection.


In collaboration with INTERNI.

Kindly supported by ITA-ICE Italian Trade Agency



Data: Mar 18 Set 2018

Orario: Alle 19:15

Organizzato da : ICI and INTERNI

In collaborazione con : ITA-ICE Italian Trade Agency

Ingresso : Libero


Italian Cultural Institute