Martino Gamper – Design is a State of Mind
17 February 2014
The impressive architecture of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will play host to its second major design exhibition from 5th March to 21st April 2014. Influential London-based Italian designer and guest-curator, Martino Gamper, will offer a new perspective on our material world by telling the tale of the ways in which design objects have impacted on our lives.
The extensive show will centre around a display of shelving systems dating from the 1930’s to the present day, with work spanning a variety of styles, from the historic classics to the cutting edge, newly commissioned pieces. Highlights will include designs by Ettore Sottsass, Ercol, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti and even IKEA. Each of the display systems on show will fulfil their intended purpose by carrying a collection of objects personal to Gamper, his friends, colleagues and family, along with an impressive library of contemporary furniture manufacturing catalogues.
The man himself has said of the exhibition: “There is no perfect design and there is no über-design. Objects talk to us personally. Some might be more functional than others, and the emotional attachment is very individual. This exhibition will showcase a very personal way of collecting and gathering objects – these are pieces that tell a tale.”
Gamper has a wealth of experience working with big names in interior design, exhibition design, one-off commissions as well as the design of mass produced products for the furniture industry. He has also won the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art (2011) and the Furniture Award Category for his renowned ‘100 Chairs in 100 Days’ (2008).
Running alongside Haim Steinbach’s exhibition in the main space, the Serpentine Gallery is set to be a must-visit this Spring.