words Anna Bates
Martino Gamper has made three chairs for Conran design store, using his trademark method of re-assembling existing furniture parts. This time, he used bent wood pieces from German manufacturer Thonet.
“One of them you can quite easily sit on – it could go into production,” says the London-based designer, explaining that the others are more experimental. Gamper visited the manufacturer’s warehouse to choose the ten parts he wanted, and then played around with the pieces before settling on three winning configurations.
Unlike Gamper’s slapdash 100 chairs in 100 days project, the three one-off chairs took six weeks to develop and make, and are very finely crafted.
The chairs are part of Conran’s Inspirations exhibition – a collection of limited-edition pieces inspired by the ideas and works that have influenced Terence Conran during his career. The London, Paris, New York and Tokyo flagship stores will each have a set of the chairs to show.