The Wood that Never Was

Martino Gamper and Piero Lissoni for Alpi at Fuorisalone 2019

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The Wood that Never Was
11/03/2019 - ALPI continues to delve deeper in its aesthetic research through new collections of wood surfaces that will be presented during FuoriSalone 2019. A meticulous exploration of the material and its forms narrates the beauty of wood and its design potential.

Gamper joined forces with Alpi to explore new interpretations and design potentialities of wood. Halfway between design and conceptual art, in this project Martino Gamper puts the accent back on the process of workmanship and creation, in which he participates firsthand, given his background as cabinetmaker. Martino Gamper

Martino Gamper

Thanks to his extensive knowledge of the raw material, the designer has invented ‘Gamperana Triplex’, a new type of wood that does not exist in nature. The phase of cutting ALPI logs becomes part of the creative process of the designer, with a decisive role in the achievement of the final results.

This project has been a real challenge because we began with an initial idea, without knowing precisely where it would lead. This has been a new territory to investigate, for me and for ALPI. Imagine a block of wood, the equivalent of a tree trunk in nature, that is cut, layer by layer: each sheet reveals new patterns that get more and more interesting, until halfway through the block what we thought could be the final design suddenly appeared. A truly magical process.’, he reveals.

The exciting challenge led the designer to gradually interpret the wood, dissecting it and putting it back together: a concept of play that returns in the name ‘Gamperana Triplex’, in imaginary Latin. The result – as often happens in Gamper’s projects – takes form from a set of perspectives, fragments and contrasts brought about by an act of deconstruction, in order to reinvent a new project each time. All this leads to a collection marked by a geometric texture that plays with the juxtaposition of natural tones and chromatic accents.

Gamper’s research brings out the potential of natural wood through an industrial process. To underline this essential purpose, for the first time the veneer sheets will not be supplied individually, but in sets of three, identical in the choice of color and geometry, but different in the arrangement of the hues, creating original compositional effects.

Once again this year the company’s art director, Piero Lissoni, presents his own personal interpretation of wood materials, exploring their characteristic expressive language and enhancing the offerings of the Wood Collection with new proposals. In this case, he has envisioned a special interpretation of cherry wood and the force of its colors, in three gradually shaded tones: Blush Cherry, Honey Cherry and Sienna Cherry. The collection will be available in two types of grain – striped and sunburst – permitting greater design freedom and full coordination in the combination of different hues and textures.

ALPI Showroom
Via Solferino 7, Milan, 4th floor
9-13 April, 10:00-21:00; 14 April 10:00-18:00
Press Preview: 8 April, 15:00-20:00
Opening cocktail: 9 April, 18:00-22:00, by invitation

ALPI on ARCHIPRODUCTSGamperana Triplex

Gamperana Triplex

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