Martino Gamper's Innesto (rubbing up on the wrong tree) at Nilafur Gallery Depot

The practice of grafting (‘innesto’ in Italian) is employed when a gardener wants to grow something new onto an established plant. The graft can lead the specimen to grow very differently from its original form.⁠ This reflects Marino Gamper’s approach to his latest collection presented during Milan Design Week in a solo exhibition at Nilfaur Gallery Depot—which has been featured in the Financial Times, the New York Times, and Vogue. Aileen Kwun writes in her review of the largest global design event for the New York Times: 'The renowned designer Martino Gamper presented “Innesto (rubbing up on the wrong tree),' in which he applied the analogy of plant grafting to upcycle a set of damaged vintage 1930s Cox furnishings by inserting segments of furniture legs and surface details to create a visual mash-up of old and new. 'Sometimes, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel,' Mr. Gamper said, 'maybe just a detail or a particular joint, like with trees.'”⁠ ⁠

June 20, 2022
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