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100 Chairs in 100 Days

Man, do romance novels get old fast. When our brains get tired of Fabio drama, we get design geeky, we're afraid. The book 100 Chairs in 100 ways in 100 days ($33) documents Martino Gamper's long two year journey toward his art exhibition, Stanze e Camere and 100 Chairs in 100 Days at the Milan Triennial Design Museum. Most of his creative process didn't happen in a standard studio, but while rummaging through trash heaps. He took the humble hobby of dumpster diving and made it an intellectually productive, earth conscious activity. Picking up rejected and deserted chairs was he first step in his artistic voyage. Recycling, re-envisioning, and reclaiming were the next steps... what a beautiful redo.

There's more than what meets the eye here... Designboom coverage calls the end result "a collage of design history" where creative decisions that seem spontaneous actually reveal "a deep knowledge" of something that goes right over our heads. Gamper's crafty performance art for the show really got our attention; to complete the exhibit's room installations, he reinvented iconic 1960s works of furniture by Gio Ponti - literally disassembling and reconfiguring them with a contemporary sensibility in mind. Quite an improvisation, Gamper.

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