Jasper Morrison is a master of simplicity. His designs often look as if they have not been designed at all — though I mean that (and surely he would take that) as a compliment. He, along with Naoto Fukasawa, coined the term ‘supernormal‘ to describe this seemingly ‘un-designed’ movement. Fukasawa and Morrison first presented this concept to the world in 2005 as an exhibition of 204 every day objects that all embodied the supernormal philosophy.
“The super normal object is the result of a long tradition of evolutionary advancement in the shape of everyday things, not attempting to break with the history of form but rather trying to summarize it, knowing is the artificial replacement for normal, which with time and understanding may become grafted to everyday life.”
This ‘summerization of form’ is perfectly displayed in Morrison‘s Air Chair, which he designed for Magis in 1999. The Air Chair is the perfect background object, and by that I mean it fits in almost anywhere. The chair is made of gas injected polypropylene, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It’s also molded entirely as one piece, allowing Magis to literally produce a chair in a matter of seconds, and as a result the Air Chair is one of Morrison‘s more affordable (and most mass produced) works.
In the constant debate surrounding “what makes good design?” the Air Chair is one of the reasons that I side with Dieter Rams‘ and his proclamation that “most of all, good design is as little design as possible” — and I’m certainly not the only one.