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Flower Pot Table


A table consisting of a single terracotta moulding and a glass top. Produced by Cappellini having been prototyped in Berlin.

Jasper designed the Flower Pot Table in 1984. At the time he was living in Berlin and studying at the Hochschule der Künst as part of his master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. Originally the table had a metal tray as a top. When Cappellini produced it in 1989 it had a glass top.

Passing a local hardware shop in Berlin, and believing at the time that good ideas were to be found on the street and not on blank sheets of paper, I saw a stack of flower pots arranged in order of size and had the idea of using them for the base of a small table. I made a lot of these ‘ready-mades’ as a way of imitating some kind of industrial production. Another one was a coat stand made from a length of air-conditioning tube and the bases of two old office chairs. I solved the problem of the tube ends cutting into the coats with four wine bottle corks. It was all very poetic and meaningful at the time.
Extracted from Everything But the Walls by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2006).

Drawing for Cappellini’s production of the Flower Pot Table.