from an edition of 8
hardboard, piano hinges and wing-nut connectors
31⅞ x 15½ x 15¾ in. (81 x 39.2 x 40 cm)
Overall in very good condition. When viewed firsthand, the hardboard presents with a dynamic, dark caramel color. The chair is stable and functional. The hardboard presents with light surface scratches throughout, the most pronounced to one side of the backrest measuring approximately 9 inches long. The edges and corners with some very minor abrasions and some very minor lifting to the hardboard. The hardboard’s seat presents with some faint watermarks. The piano hinges with some light oxidation throughout, concentrated to the elements around the seat; the proper right edge of the seat presents with a slightly misaligned piano hinge, not visually distracting. The wing nuts appear undisturbed and present with some very light oxidation throughout consistent with age.
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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The "Wing-Nut" chair was designed and hand-built by Jasper Morrison while he was studying at the Royal College of Art, and ultimately sold at his degree exhibition in 1985. The chair combines hardboard panels assembled together using piano hinges and wing-nut connectors to create an overall structure reminiscent of an origami composition. “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,” he stated in 1988. This early work provides an apropos introduction to the work of one of the most celebrated contemporary designers of our time, characterized by bold experimentation and a relentless exploration of new materials. Another example of the present model is held in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.