29 April 2016
In his over ten years of intense collaboration with the Swiss company Vitra, the British designer Jasper Morrison has produced a remarkable number of pieces of furniture, all distinguished by his unmistakable minimalist style, accessible to all and characterized by its functionality. A family of objects that was expanded at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2016 with a collection made up of four new pieces and one reedition. In keeping with his well-established philosophy of giving precedence to function over form, the products appear conventional at first sight, bordering on the déjà-vu, but have some surprises in store. The All Plastic Chair harks back to the classic wooden chairs widely used in European homes in recent decades, but as its name suggests is made entirely of plastic, with a frame cast from a single mold. The very thin seat applied to the frame is anatomically shaped and the back is separated from the structure by invisible pads that make it more flexible and comfortable. The possibility of using two kinds of plastic broadens the range of colors and the areas of use. The Soft Modular Sofa is also an interpretation of a classic piece that brings it into line with Morrison’s aesthetics, staking everything on the generous proportions of its elements and renouncing any decorative details. The Occasional Lounge Chair plays instead on the contrast between a rigidly geometric form, that of a cube, and the rounded and organic contours of the comfortable seat. The term “occasional,” also applied to the low tables of the series, alludes to their versatility of use, to the fact that they fit as well into domestic settings as they do into those of hotels and public spaces. Just like the Plate Tables, a design from 2004 that has been dusted off to complete the new collection.