Jasper Morrison

Designer

London / United Kingdom

Born in London in 1959, Jasper Morrison trained at prestigious European art and design schools. After studying at the Bryanston School, he graduated in 1982 from the Kingston Polytechnic Design School in London, obtaining a master's degree in design that same year. In 1985, Morrison attended a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Art in London, enabling him to spend a year at Berlin's University of the Arts (HdK). In 1986, he opened his Office for Design in London. He debuted with two critical installations that would establish him on the international scene. These were the Reuters News Centre at Documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987 and Some New Items for the Home Part I at DAAD Gallery in Berlin in 1988. The second edition of the latter, Some New Items for the Home Part II, held in Milan at the Salone del Mobile in 1989, marked the beginning of his collaboration with Vitra. During this period, he met Giulio Cappellini, with whom he began a long and fertile working relationship that led to the production of more than thirty successful projects: Thinking Man's Chair and Three Sofa De Luxe, now design icons, as well as the armchairs Low Pad and Cap Chair, the sofas Elan, Oblong System and Orla.

Jasper Morrison also collaborated with other renowned international brands, including Alessi, Alias, B&B, De Padova, Flos, Ideal Standard, Magis, Rosenthal, Schiffini. In 2000, he worked with Rowenta on a series of kitchen appliances, a field of research that led to his collaboration with Samsung. He designed a bus shelter and the new streetcar for the transport authority of Hannover, winning the IF Transport Design and IF Ecology '97 awards. In 2002, he opened a branch in Paris and, in 2007, Tokyo. In 2008, next to his London studio, he opened the Jasper Morrison Shop based on the idea of a combined workshop/hardware store offering his projects and a selection of objects with various functions from all over the world.

Numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to Morrison. In 2015, in Belgium, the Grand-Hornu of Bousuu held a significant retrospective, later shown in various international venues from Zurich to the Tate Modern in London. In 2014, he designed the furnishings for the addition to the Tate Modern.
One of the most representative designers on the international scene, Morrison's work is characterized by a refined, minimal and rigorous style. This approach generated Super Normal, the manifesto developed by Morrison with Naoto Fukasawa to demonstrate that apparently anonymous objects can fit discreetly into everyday life. Morrison has presented his thinking and projects in three books published by Lars Müller: A Book of Things, Everything but the Walls and A World Without Words. His works have received numerous awards including the Compasso d'Oro ADI in 1996 for the Bottle holder by Magis. He has been a Royal Designer for Industry since 2001. ... More ... less

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