Our journey into Jasper Morrison begins with the very calm and collected Bruno Sofa. This elegant piece for Maruni is made of oak. Befitting its Scandinavian look, Bruno comes with a wide range of upholstery options, including seven Kvadrat fabrics from Denmark and an additional 72 from across the Universe (rather, locales as diverse as Japan, Belgium, Sweden, and Italy). A clear urethane finish completes the minimalist look.
Bruno Sofa for Maruni
Contrary to Bruno, Morrison's Three Sofa De Luxe for Cappellini is a bit more luxe, or at least extravagant. A poplar plywood and solid fir frame support the whimsical whoop-de-doo-a bold aesthetic choice that gives this piece textural appeal and a distinctive identity.
Three Sofa De Luxe for Cappellini
Continuing with the seating theme, Bench for Vitra is equal parts business elegance and formal innovation. Belying the traditional form of bench seating-and thereby confounding expectations-Bench invites users to re-evaluate their preconceptions and re-visit their own anatomy. Vitra sees Bench as "ideally suited for entrance lobbies and other places where people are glad to find a temporary seat-an unobtrusive and functional object that avoids anonymity."
Bench for Vitra
Further illuminations into Morrison's aesthetic versatility are cast courtesy of the Glo Ball lamp. An entrancing, enchanting luminescent orb, Glo Ball evokes extra-stellar bodies like the stars and the moon. Etched blown glass and a thick steel base complement the lamp's elemental feel.
Glo Ball for Flos
Superloon is another super-cool Morrison creation for Flos. While Glo Ball looks like the moon entire, Superloon appears to be a tremendous cross-section, as if some celestial scythe cleaved the lunar body in half to shine a hyper-real glow on the object of one's affection. But Superloon is capable of subtlety too. Equipped with a "Dim-to-Warm function," the lamp easily transitions from cold to warm tones and back again-providing modulated light as users see fit.
Superloon for Flos
Moving on, there's the Ink Desk for Molteni & C. van der Rohe would beam over this one. The simple declarative name reinforces the elemental form, for which "concentration is the main requisite." A fold-down door converts into the worktop as the compartment is revealed to be replete with the tools of the trade: drawers, LED lighting, and a specialized space for power and data.
Ink Desk for Molteni & C
Lastly, the T&O Table for Maruni is a worthy addition to Morrison's no-nonsense oeuvre. This table features a wood veneer top and slim steel base. The salmon-colored highlights are an enticing counter-point to the rich wood top. Also available in black and green.
T&O Table for Maruni
Jasper Morrison is London-born and -bred. He has collaborated with major brands including Vitra, Flos, Molteni, Cappellini, Alessi, and Emeco. He is a frequent and favorite exhibitor at the annual London Design Festival. He is also an accomplished architect and writer. To read more of his exploits in these diverse disciplines, see Jasper Morrison.