Manolo De Giorgi, 'Jasper Morrison: 1985-1988', domus, no. 694, May 1988, p. 79 Jasper Morrison, Jasper Morrison: Designs, projects, drawings: 1981-1989, London, 1990, p. 25 Jasper Morrison, Everything but the Walls, Baden, 2002, p. 191, fig. 8
The "Wing-nut" chair was designed and hand-built by Jasper Morrison while he was studying at the Royal College of Art and was sold at his degree exhibition in 1985. In his early career, Morrison relied on a network of local artisans to help realise his designs. ‘…he [the designer] builds his own factory, not with bricks, but from the sprawling backstreets teeming with services and processes for materials both common and uncommon to his trade.’ At the launch of his exhibition ‘Some new Materials for the Home‘ in 1988, Morrison states ‘My intention in designing these items was to avoid designing them… to use materials in the most obvious way and to let them dictate the forms.’, and this anti-design approach can be seen in the ‘Wing-Nut’ chair. A similar example, in riveted fibreboard, is part of the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhein, Germany.
Overall very good condition. Minor marks and spotting to the seat. Minor wear to the edge of the seat as visible in the printed and online catalogues. Very minor separation to one panel on the front right side proper of the chair. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."