“Having worked with Olivetti, Alessi, Cappellini, Flos, Muji and SCP amongst others, designer Jasper Morrison is a powerhouse of British design, with recent commissions including furniture for the Tate Modern, the ATM desk for Vitra and a range of pots & pans for Alessi. From office plants to window views, we get the skinny on the day-to-day running of Morrison’s studios in Paris, Tokyo and here in London.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK IN YOUR LONDON STUDIO?
There are three in our London studio, two in Paris and one in Tokyo, excluding myself.
DESCRIBE AN AVERAGE DAY AT JASPER MORRISON’S?
There isn’t one: it’s very erratic, and depends on location, work situation and weather.There’s never seems to be much time in London because I’m not there very often, so we rarely go out for lunch. I’m quite often on the road, visiting manufacturers and looking at prototypes or discussing new projects, so there is no routine at all which I prefer. I just turn up and we go through the various projects which are on the table. Design ideas are like leprechauns: if you look for them you won’t find any, so there are some tricks I use to catch them, like pretending I’m not interested, or switching projects when it isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes I read cookery books to give me more of an appetite. When I’m hungry I like to solve problems quickly so I can have lunch.”
Words by Betty Wood. See the full interview with Jasper Morrison at Port Magazine.