This week I am again looking to London, England and an exhibition of Jasper Morrison's design objects and furniture. The exhibition, "Thingness", is on at Switch House, Tate Modern, London until October 2nd. It is a concise survey of Jasper Morrison’s thought and design process over the past thirty years.
Small but eye-catching, the Artifort Vega Sofa and Table by Jasper Morrison, with its two round cushions for the backrest and seat is beautiful on its own or in a group. The Vega Sofa is comfortable without being too comfortable. A typical Artifort touch is the round, brightly coloured cushions in every imaginable colour combination.
Born in London in 1959, Morrison studied at Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. Since the late 80s he has collaborated with some of the world’s outstanding producers of furniture and domestic utensils, including Alessi, Vitra, Rosenthal, Artifort and Flos.
Lighter than air? Not quite. But the air-injected Magis Air-Chair is exceptionally light—exactly what you want in a stacking chair. Colourful, too. And it’s as happy on the boat deck as it is in the breakfast nook. Also available without arms.
Three small friends, robustly built, stable, individual in character and lovable in appearance, that's the Vitra Cork Family Stools. Designed by Jasper Morrison as side-tables or stools, the three different brothers/sisters benefit from the advantageous properties of the natural material: cork. It is comparatively light, enormously tough and has a pleasant soft feel.
Morrison believes that the role of the designer is not to invent form, but rather to be open to the world around him, adapting objects for new purposes. He is especially interested in those everyday objects that continue to serve their purpose well in a form that has often been created by an anonymous designer. He sees such anonymous objects as a reminder for designers that ‘in the real world an object depends on its long-term usefulness for survival’.
Jasper Morrison has designed lighting of all sorts but this Superloon Floor Light for Flos is a fav of mine. The adjustable floor lamp provides direct light with a metal spinning head, die-cast joints and extruded stem. Available in white, black or chrome.
Jasper Morrison's Glo-Ball Light Collection for Flos, with its blown white acid-etched glass diffuser, includes floor, ceiling, wall and pendant options. A classic for any situation.
Jasper Morrison has designed many common household objects and utensils for Alessi. Some are so basic such as pots and pans, wine coolers and tableware. These "anonymous objects" are what we use everyday, without thinking of who designed them. Each piece has about them a subtle quality which make them better everyday performers.
The Alessi Pots & Pans Collection offers stainless steel, mirrored finished pans, pots, frying pans and colanders for those who love to cook and those just beginning the journey to great food experiences.
The Jasper Morrison Alessi Collection of utensils and dinnerware follow the typical minimalist approach that features in all of Jasper Morrison's work. This design reduces the "cutlery-object" to its barest essence, its purest and most customary form, stripped of all stylistic value and - perhaps precisely because of this - is clearly recognizable as Morrison's work.
Jasper Morrison's designs of everyday objects make excellent gifts, and of course, for your own personal use, they are real keepers! If you have the chance to view the exhibition, and visit the Switch House, London's newest addition to the UK's Tate Galleries, maybe I will see you there!
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