Jasper Morrison Interview at Vitra

Jasper Morrison Interview at Vitra

Sarah Coffey
Dec 11, 2008

Jasper Morrison is among a rare group of contemporary designers we'd describe as iconic—his products are rational, subtle, and intuitive. Vitra, the manufacturer of many of Morrison's chairs and office systems, recently posted an interview from FRAME with the designer in which he talks about his collaborations with Naoto Fukasawa, his past regrets, and why he thinks "design is like a teenager..."

In one of the most surprising quotes we came across, Morrison says:

"I have designed plastic chairs and chosen colours for them like so many other designers, and seeing them littering the sidewalks I have become profoundly ashamed of my work and the profession as a whole. That's visual-pollution design, a phenomenon that's much too common nowadays, and I think it's time we designers accepted responsibility for the appearance of the man-made environment."

We actually like the plastic Air Chair, but we can see his point about moving beyond design as eye candy. In his new projects, Morrison is exploring natural materials and seeking a more "mature" vocabulary. He explains:

"Design seems like a teenager to me: loud, in-your-face, attention-seeking, kind of quirky, immature...I think an understanding of the essence of design is well on its way. In Paris, for example, I've been watching as cafés lose their designer looks in favour of something more atmospheric and natural. I mean, who really enjoys sitting in a design café?"

To read the entire interview, click here.

Photos: Andrew Meredith and Super Normal via Vitra

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