Jasper Morrison’s design is characterized by a minimalism that has the appearance of inevitability. The main themes of his work are practicality and comfort arrived at using timeless forms and familiar materials.
Morrison graduated in Design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School in 1982, then went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London and HdK, Berlin. He cites such early inspirations as a light, bright room furnished in the modernist style that was his grandfather’s study, an Eileen Gray exhibition he saw at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and later exposure to the work of Jean Prouve, Charles Eames, Franco Albini, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, and Dieter Rams.
Since 1986 he has operated his Office for Design in London, where he began designing products for SCP in London, the German door handle producer FSB, the office furniture company Vitra, and the Italian furniture manufacturer Cappellini. In 1992 he was a co-organizer of Progetto Oggetto for Cappellini, a much-praised collection of household objects. As his portfolio matured, the purity of Morrison’s approach to design attracted other high-level clients seeking design solutions, including Artifort, Alessi, Alias, Canon, Rosenthal, Sony, and Samsung.
Recent projects include the design of furniture for Tate Modern in London, a tram system for the city of Hanover, Germany which he described as “an exhausting, but not unenjoyable” two year project, “Luxmaster” for Flos, Folding Air-Chair and Low Air-Table for Magis, a bench for the Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo, ATM desk system for Vitra, and a line of kitchen appliances for Rowenta.
Jasper Morrison presented his “Three Sofas” for Cappellini and “Atlas” tables for Alias at Luminaire’s Neocon Lunch and Learn in Chicago in June 1992. Luminaire was also delighted to include Morrison’s ‘Tape Dispenser’ made using a white 3D puppy in the exhibition and auction Puppylove, used to help raise awarness and funds for cancer research.
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