005 Plywood chair
Designed by Jasper Morrison, 1988
Birch veneered plywood
Constructed from plywood, glue and screws, this chair was originally made for the installation “Some New Items for the House” in Berlin. Morrison describes “The intention was to design a number of objects which, put together, would form or, rather, imply a room. With this purpose in mind the objects had not to fight for attention, appear too self-conscious by over-design, but have about them a kind of modest, unassuming nature that you would expect of objects you find in real rooms”.
Morrison says that the design came about through necessity, since he had to make the chair himself and the only tools that were to hand were an electric jigsaw and some ‘ship’s curves’, which are curved boat-builders templates. A flat sheet of plywood was cut into shapes, and then assembled into a three dimensional object.
The chair was particularly distinctive for its lack of a back rest. In fact Morrison did make a version with the back filled in, which he said was “more comfortable but less exciting”. A tapered wooden cross underneath the seat provides structural support, whilst allowing the seat to yield a little during use.
It became an icon of minimalist design and was in production by Vitra until recently.
We would like to say a big thank you to Jasper Morrison for his permission to use the design in our product.
A flat printed material can be cut out and assembled on your desk top – then you realise there is a small diorama around it. Our mission as curators of the 1:16 mini museum is to deliver this little wonder through a history of chairs and their associated interiors.
It might be difficult to own the real historical chairs – but you can reconstruct a tiny corner of a room and enjoy the history of the chair and interior with this ‘mini museum’!