Going into Martino Gamper’s studio is a bit like stepping into a carpenter’s backroom or workshop. You can feel the sense and urgency of making, the creative spirit and the practical side coming together. It’s a place where much of the day, if not all of it, is shared. The space is taken up with a long wooden table for work (and much more besides), with shelving on each side and a kitchen – all self-designed and self-produced. The workshop next door is a melting pot of prototypes, pieces and equipment of all kinds. There are pops of colour pretty much everywhere.
A far cry from the mega-technological places of many designers, the Hackney printworks, in which Gamper has built his professional and personal nest, seems an ancient place, which not only shouts “savoir faire”, but also his love for his work and his empathy and respect for his team. Martino talks about himself while the familiar smell of pasta pervades the air, because here, as we said, working means sharing a slice of life together.