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Last October, I featured the work from Harrington’s Experimental Design class, who breathed new life into discarded chairs.

What happens when one artist devotes two years collecting then a quarter of a year redesigning? 100 Chairs in 100 Days, by Martino Gamper.

I came across this online and had to share… Martino displayed his unique collection in London in 2007. Speaking of his work, Martino said, “This project involves systematically collecting discarded chairs from London streets (or more frequently, friends’ homes) over a period of about roughly two years, then spending 100 days to reconfiguring the design of each one in an attempt to transform its character and/or the way it functions. My intention is to investigate the potential for creating useful new designs by blending together stylistic or structural elements of existing chair types… 

 

The project suggests a new way to stimulate design thinking, and provokes debate about a number of issues, including value, different types of functionality and what is an appropriate style for certain types of chair – for example, what happens to the status and potential of a plastic garden chair (conventionally located slap bang in the idiom of unremarkable functionality) when it is upholstered with luxurious brown suede?”

What happens? A whole lot… as you can tell from his pictures. But I have to admit – Harrington College of Design students came up with some impressive and creative designs themselves! See their work here.

Martino Gamper information and photography courtesy Gamper Martino.com

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