Born in 1971, Martino Gamper was brought up in Merano in the Italian Alps. After completing an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking, he moved to Vienna, first studying sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, then product design at the University of the Applied Arts. In 1996, Martino returned to Italy to freelance for various Milan-based designers, including fellow South Tyrolean designer Matteo Thun.
In 1998, he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art under the guidance of Ron Arad. Still based in London and teaching at the RCA, Gamper’s practice generates a wide range of projects, including exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions, and mass-produced products. Reworking furniture that had been dumped on the streets in 2007, he famously created 100 Chairs in 100 Days, which resulted in a beautifully mismatched family of objects.
Martino’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.