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Ply Chair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1990 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morrison, Jasper, born 1959 (designer)
    Vitra (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Laminated plywood, with birch face veneer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1990 (designed)


Morrison, Jasper, born 1959 (designer)
Vitra (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Laminated plywood, with birch face veneer

Marks and inscriptions

Customer / Objekt / 02071 11.95 / 002 40501820 / MONTAGE-L : 2 / Ply Chair mi / vitra
Adhesive label on underside of chair

LGA / Nurnburg / geprüfte / Sicherheit
Adhesive label on underside of chair


Height: 85 cm, Width: 40 cm, Depth: 50 cm

Object history note

The spareness and simplicity of the design is in the Modernist tradition. Morrison's use of the material and its natural colour represent a more human version of Modernism. It avoids the grand gesture of any kind of extravagance. This has been his most influential design. it summarized what would become the concerns of 1990s design. It introduced a new type of Modernism, that was softer, sparer, purer, more natural.
A version of this chair was exhibited by Morrison at the 1988 Werkstadt Berlin, where it was seen by Rolf Fehlbaum, the owner of Vitra. In 1989 Vitra began manufacturing this chair, as part of its limited edition 'Edition' range.

Descriptive line

Ply-chair with back designed by Jasper Morrison, 1990

Labels and date


Designed by Jasper Morrison (British, born 1959), 1989
Made by Vitra GmbH, Germany
Laminated plywood with birch veneer

The Ply-chair was first put into production by Vitra in 1989 after it was shown by Morrison at the Werkstadt Berlin in 1988. The Ply-chair with Back and Ply-Table were added to the range in 1990. The pieces are part of the firm's limited run 'Edition' range.

Given by Vitra
W.2-1995 [2006]

Production Note

Manufactured by Vitra for 'Edition' range.

Reason For Production: Retail


Plywood; Veneer


Images Online; Furniture; Interiors; Household objects; Shekou; Values of Design; Design Society

Production Type

Limited edition


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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