Martino Gamper Infinity Bench at the V&A Museum, London
At this year’s London Design Festival, UK-based Italian designer Martino Gamper teamed up with American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) to create an imaginative but very functional six meter long hardwood ‘Infinity Bench’.
The bench features a sophisticated patchwork pattern that is made up of American red oak, soft maple, ash, yellow birch and tulipwood. The bench was displayed at the John Madejski Gardens at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
The ‘Infinity Bench’ is inspired by the Italian concept of autoprogettazione (translated as self‐made). Brought to life by Italian designer Enzo Mari, it aims to produce superior quality, functional furniture with materials in one’s own house. Gamper’s interest in this concept led him to create the ‘Infinity Bench’, which celebrates colour, texture and shape through the use of different hardwood species.
Martino Gamper said: “I used the autoprogettazione concept as a starting point for my design and to keep the planks as simple as possible. In doing so, I wanted to highlight the liveliness and irregularity of using different types of wood.”
The design of the bench is intentionally simple to allow the natural textures, patterns and finishes of the wood to showcase their natural beauty.
Images courtesy of Peter Krejci and Johnny Boylan.