Jasper Morrison. Thingness
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
– 5 June 2016
The British designer, Jasper Morrison takes the stance that design should be as functional and “normal” as possible. As a result, over the past 30 years, he has stood out in stark contrast to the understanding of design of various kinds. Now the first Jasper Morrison retrospective can be seen in the Schaudepot at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, complemented by a selection of exhibits from the museum’s collection chosen by the designer himself.
In his work, Jasper Morrison does not look for the perfect form but more for the best function and manufacturablity, tried and tested principles, and sensible use of materials. Accordingly, optical effects and decoration are eclipsed by what is necessary. His work for big companies such as Alessi, Muji, Vitra and Maharam are internationally known. The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is dedicating a first retrospective to the designer in cooperation with the Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu to be held in the Schaudepot in the Toni Areal. To better understand his personal “world of things”, for the part of the exhibition entitled “My Collection”, Morrison was given the opportunity to personally choose items from the museum’s collection that comprises over 50,000 objects.
To complement the show, various events will be taking place including discussion on the topic of “Ist gut, was gefällt? Oder gefällt, was gut ist?” [If you like it, is it good? Or do you like what is good?] (9 March), “No Design is good Design – Lernen von Jasper Morrison“ [No design is good design – learning from Jasper Morrison] (20 April), “Weniger ist mehr – Was muss ein Produkt leisten?“ [Less is more – what must a product provide?] (18 May) as well as a panel discussion, tours and workshops.