Thingness | Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison is having his first retrospective at the pinnacle of his profession. The Grand-Hornu in Belgium is displaying the key moments of his 35-year career from furniture to kitchenware and electronics.
The retrospective brings together Morrison’s major design objects and successful products; from the chairs and tables to tableware, toasters and telephones along with the bus stops and a tram for the city of Hanover. The variety of products is always underlined by Jasper Morrison’s ethos that good design has less to do with making products noticeable than with making sure they are useful.
For these products, Morrison has worked with leading manufacturers in Europe including Cappellini, Alessi, Flos, Magis and Vitra as well as Japanese brands such as Muji; and technology companies Samsung and Sony.
These pieces are accompanied by archival material put together is custom designed installation true to his principle of simplicity.
Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959, and graduated in Design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London (1979-82 BA (Des.)) and The Royal College of Art for Postgraduate studies (1982-85 MA (Des.) RCA). In 1984 he studied at Berlins HdK on a Scholarship.
In 1986 he set up an Office for Design in London. His work was included in the Documenta 8 exhibition in Kassel in 1987, for which he designed the Reuters News Centre. The following year he was invited to take part in “Design Werkstadt”, a part of the “Berlin, Cultural City of Europe” program, where he exhibited “Some new items for the house, part I” at the DAAD Gallery.
He then began designing products for SCP in London, the German door handle producer FSB, the Office furniture company Vitra, and the Italian furniture producer Cappellini. In 1992 together with James Irvine, he organised Progetto Oggetto for Cappellini, a collection of household objects designed together with a group of young European designers. He also worked with Andreas Brandolini and Axel Kufus on a variety of installations, exhibition designs and town planning projects under the umbrella of Utilism International.
In 1992, his slide show lecture “A world without words” was published in book format by the graphic designer Tony Arefin.
In 1994 Jasper Morrison was guest of honour and held an exhibition at the Interieur 94 exhibition in Belgium. In 1995 he held a solo exhibition at Bordeauxs Arc en Rêve Centre darchitecture. He began a consultancy with Üstra the Hannover Transportation Authority by designing a Bus Stop for the City.
In 1995 Jasper Morrisons office was awarded the contract to design the new Hannover Tram, the largest European light rail production contract of its time, at 500 Million Deutschemarks. The first vehicle was presented to the public in June 1997 at the Hannover Industrial Fair, and awarded the IF Transportation Design Prize and the Ecology award.
More recently exhibitions and installations have included: “The State of Things” to complement the editing of the 1999 Design Year Book. Solo exhibitions at the Axis Gallery, Tokyo, for Flos at the Yamagiwa Centre in Tokyo, as Designer of the Year 2000 at the Paris Design Fair.
Recent projects include the design of furniture for Tate Modern in London, “Luxmaster” for Flos, Folding Air-Chair and Low Air-Table for Magis; a monograph “Everything but the Walls” published by Lars Müller Publishers; a bench for the Roppongi Hills development in Tokyo; ATM desk system for Vitra ,a line of kitchen appliances for Rowenta, Pots&Pans for Alessi and a sanitary- and brassware range for Ideal Standard.In 2005, founding of Super Normal with Naoto Fukasawa. In June 2006, first Super Normal exhibition in Tokyo.
Jasper Morrison Ltd. is currently based in London and Paris.