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 Post Graduate studies (1982-85 MA (Des.) RCA). In 1984 he studied at Berlin’s 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.
At this time he 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 Bordeaux’s Arc en Rêve Centre d’architecture. He began a consultancy with Üstra the Hannover Transportation Authority by designing a Bus Stop for the City.
In 1995 Jasper Morrison’s 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: a Magis exhibition with Marc Newson and Michael Young in Palermo, and another with Marc Newson at the Deste Foundation, Athens.
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 and a line of kitchen appliances for Rowenta.