Martino Gamper likes to play with process. Having famously hacked apart and rebuilt some of Gio Ponti's iconic furniture, Gamper's latest deconstruction project 'The Metamorfosi', takes his passion one step further, as he reworks existing Moroso pieces in celebration of the manufacturing company's 60th birthday milestone. Gamper was let loose in Moroso's Udine factory in Italy last summer, having been given full creative license to destroy and then recreate pieces like Ron Arad's curving Victoria & Albert couch and Toshiyuki Kita's red foam landscape, Saruyama.
Moroso specialises in foam-form couches and chairs, the mod designs usually created by molding large chunks of foam over a steel framework, before covering in fitted fabric covers. Gamper stripped away the textiles, restitching the scraps from one chair into scraps from a couch to create wild, abstract patchworks; the result of dozens of Moroso pieces, from an array of designers. He even went so far as to subvert the foam works to create new foam forms, exhibiting several of them bare and exposed, without their fabric.
Moroso had this to say about Gamper's work: "Uncovered they look organic, like bleached bones strewn across a landscape. The pieces created by different designers from different periods morph together as if from the same animal."
This approach to high-end furniture design is unusual, as usually owning a piece of furniture by a well-known designer is major selling point for companies like Moroso, however this collection makes it impossible to judge the value of each piece by the name of its creator.
Via Co Design Daily