In 1988 I was invited by Christian Borngräber, a writer on design and an important player in the Berlin design scene at that time, to stay in Berlin for three months and work on an installation at the DAAD Galerie as a part of the Berlin – City of Culture program. I’d already lived in Berlin during 1983, attending the Hochschule der Kunst, where Andreas Brandolini was assistant professor under Nick Roericht (designer of the beautiful tableware ceramics that were used at the Munich Olympics).
I bought a small electric jigsaw and some plywood and started cutting the pieces out in 2-D before assembling them with glue and screws. I had the structure but needed a seat. I found a supplier of very thin plywood which I realised could be glued to the frame like a drum skin and which would provide a little softness. The first model had an open back but I also made some with half-open backs and some which were almost fully closed. They were more comfortable but less striking.
By Jasper Morrison