Benaki’s 100 Chairs in 100 Days



benakiChairs have their own story, a story narrated with a unique style by the Italian furniture designer, Martino Gamper, who had the idea to reconstruct in 100 days 100 chairs, using materials from old chairs found in the streets and bazaars of London and from his friends.

“The chair is the negative imprint of the human body because of its use,” the thirty-seven-year-old designer said. Gamper is presenting his project “100 chairs in 100 days” at the new Benaki Museum on Pireos Street, on June 6.

Spontaneous and free creations meet the triptych “recycle, recreate, rediscover.”

The designer says on his official website, “I didn’t make one hundred chairs just for myself or even in an effort to rescue a few hundred unwanted chairs from the streets. The motivation was the methodology: the process of making, of producing and absolutely not striving for the perfect one. This kind of making was very much about restrictions rather than freedom. The restrictions were key: the material, the style or the design of the found chairs and the time available — just a 100 days. Each new chair had to be unique, that’s what kept me working toward the elusive one-hundredth chair.”

Part of the proceeds of the exhibition will go to the Friends of Children with Cancer, “Elpida”.


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