Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959. He studied at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, in London, from 1979-82 and gained his Masters degree in Design from the Royal College of Art in 1985, followed by a scholarship to Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste.
In 1988, his room set for the Berlin Design Werkstadt exhibition consisted of all-plywood furniture – the ‘Plywood’ chair was produced in 1989, leading to a collaboration with Vitra.
He was established as a leader of ‘New Simplicity’ – far removed from the excesses of 1980s postmodernism.
From 1989, the Italian manufacturer Cappellini and Morrison began their 20-year collaboration, which has resulted in numerous seating and storage ranges.
In 1992, Morrison and James Irvine, a friend from his Royal College of Art days, developed ‘Progetto Oggetto’, a collection of household objects for Cappellini.
The same year, Morrison was awarded the contract to design the new Hannover Tram, a 500 million Deutschmark project.
Morrison has designed a huge range of objects in plastic for Magis – from a cutlery tray to chairs. His relationship with Alessi is also strong.
Since the beautifully simple ‘Tin Family’ kitchen canisters (1998), he has designed corkscrews, cutlery, bowls and glassware.
By the late 1990s, his work included prototypes for Sony (not produced) and the highly successful ‘Glo-Ball’ (1999) and ‘Luxmaster’ lights (2000) for Italian lighting company Flos.
In 1999, he designed his ‘Air-Chair’ for Magis and ‘Low Pad’ chair for Cappellini.
In 2004, his appliances for Rowenta raised the profile of the domestic-appliance industry, as did his mobile-phone designs for Samsung.
The theme of ‘beauty in normality’ has fascinated Morrison and sometime-collaborator Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, since they founded ‘Super Normal’ in 2005. Together, they aim to revolutionise everyday objects.
His work for British company Established & Sons includes the ‘Crate’ series, which started in 2006 and consists of numerous products made from unadorned yellow pine.
Jasper Morrison was one of a group of young British designers that burst forth in the late 1980s. Since then, he has become one of the world’s most highly regarded contemporary designers, working with Alessi, Cappellini, Magis, Flos, Vitra and Established & Sons.
Morrison’s work in plastic reflects his interest in everyday items. He brings the same simple beauty to all his work, regardless of the material.
Best known for
Morrison’s inexpensive moulded ‘Air-Chair’, of 1999, which was produced from one single piece of plastic, made him a household name. It created a new benchmark.
His more upmarket, high profile ‘Hi-Pad’ and ‘Low Pad’ chairs (pictured) for Cappellini, also from 1999, are signature pieces of Morrison’s graceful minimalism.
For more information
Jasper Morrison: Everything But The Walls (Lars Müller Publishers).
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