Two weeks ago, I decided to take advantage of Melbourne’s famous and buoyant art scene. I headed to RMIT Design Hub to see the exhibition 100 Chairs in 100 Days by artist Martino Gamper.
Who know me know that I love designers chairs so I couldn’t miss that opportunity!
Though its a conceptual and artistic exercise and more about the exploration of the process of fabrication of chairs than the functional design of such an object, I really enjoyed the exhibit.
It was really interesting to see such a mashup of forms and materials, quite comical in some cases, elegant in others but always intriguing, making me wonder on how many of those one could really sit on!
Renowned for his cross-disciplinary and culturally responsive approach to design, London-based Martino Gamper came to major acclaim with 100 Chairs in 100 Days. In this project Gamper collected disused chairs from alleyways and friends’ homes and reassembled them — one per day — into poetic and often humorous forms. – RMIT. See more infos here.
Once I came full circle, I tried to make the most of that trip in the city and see if there was more to… see! So i went wandering in the stairs and corridors of the building, to finally end up on the last floor.
On the 10th floor, there’s a long multi-functional space on one side of the service core (where the elevators, stairs and toilets are located) and an open outdoor space on the other side. The terrace, covering the whole length of the building, is dotted with meeting rooms overlooking the city.
With the help of a friendly architecture post-grad student, I got access to the (locked) terrace! Enveloped in the same glass-discs facade as the rest of the building, the view over the city is partial and fragmented. But still, situated on the up-most floor, it stays quite impressive, especially when you know you’re not supposed to be there. And when you take the time to look, the glass discs give a few good framed perspectives.
Constructed in 2012 by Sean Godsell architects, the “Hub” houses exhibitions spaces but mostly rooms and studios for different design research groups and post-graduate education classes. See more about the project here.