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They are designed by Martino Gamper and collectively called 100 Chairs in 100 Days, because – as the titles suggests – he made one a day for 100 days using material taken from a stock pile of discarded and donated chairs.

I like the fact that the project’s collective title sounds more like a Hollywood blockbuster than something to do with furniture.

I also like the fact it makes me think I could attempt something similar at home using old bits of Ikea debris and some Fuzzy Felt (though I never will).

I’m not the only person to like them. The project has been announced as one of the individual category winners in this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards.

The judges commented: “In contrast to many of today’s designers who explore the latest in material and technical applications to their designs, 100 Chairs in 100 Days by Martino Gamper takes the direction of exploring construction, craftsmanship and materials in an artisan fashion, resulting in a beautiful and poetic collection that brings together the old and new.”

Do you think MFI furniture has ever been called “beautiful and poetic”? Anyway, I’m putting in a request for several HCIADs to be bought up for the GT orangery where I shall now retire to sip a mojito.

In the meantime it may be worth noting that the other winners are: the new Beijing National Stadium designed to host the Olympics by Herzog & De Meuron (Architecture); the Deluxe Edition Penguin Classics (Graphic Design); Meyra-Ortopedia’s super-stylish Mex-x wheelchair for kids (Transport); Burble London – an interactive thing I don’t really understand – by Haque Design + Research Ltd with Seth Garlock and Rolf Pixley (Design); One Laptop Per Child by Yves Béhar of Fuseproject (Product) – an energy efficient laptop which can be charged by hand-cranked power; and fashion designer Hussein Chalayan’s Airborne Autumn/Winter 07 collection, which clearly lit up the judges (arf arf) with its use of the latest LED technology (Fashion).

The seven winners are now vying for the overall prize at the inaugural Brit Insurance Design Awards hosted by Wayne Hemingway next week on Tuesday March 18th. I hope they have enough chairs to seat everyone. If not, maybe they ought to give Martino a call…

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year runs until April 27th at the Design Museum, London.

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