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Jasper Morrison
'WING-NUT' CHAIR
from an edition of 8
hardboard, piano hinges, wing nut connectors
81 x 39.2 x 40 cm (31  7/8  x 15  1/2  x 15  3/4  in.)
1985
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Literature

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

Catalogue Note

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.

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