Smithfield is a light with a history that links it to a hidden past, where its origins are lost in the artisan manufacturing process.
“There’s a market in London called Smithfield and these lamps take their inspiration from a certain typology of metal lamp shade which used to hang in these kind of situations. I’ve always liked the industrial and functional character of these lights, and wanted to make a project out of them, looking for some way of making use of their efficiency in delivering light, and the forms themselves which are so much a part of the good atmosphere of industrial spaces”. Jasper Morrison
Smithfield's shape is permeated by its history, positioning it where tradition seems to win out over novelty at any cost.
Jasper Morrison is not afraid to reveal that his inspiration came from looking at the lights in London’s Smithfield meat market. By giving the design the name of this place, the designer not only pays tribute to it, but asserts that Smithfield is a modern restyling of a very well-known and popular shape. Simple and elegant, with slinky lines and a sophisticated curvy shape in deep-drawn stainless steel, this light fully satisfies both functional and practical needs. × > There’s a market in London called Smithfield and these lamps take their inspiration from a certain typology of metal lamp shade which used to hang in these kind of situations.—Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959, and graduated in Design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London (1979-82 BA (Des.)) and The Royal College of Art for Postgraduate studies (1982-85 MA (Des.) RCA). In 1984 he studied at Berlins HdK on a Scholarship. In 1986 he set up an Office for Design in London.
Today Jasper Morrison Ltd. consists of three design offices, a main office in London and two branch offices: one in Paris (opened 2002) and one in Tokyo (opened 2007). Services offered by Jasper Morrison Ltd. are wide ranging, from furniture to tableware and kitchen products and lighting, electronics and appliance design, designs for public space and more recently watches, clocks & shoes.
In 2005, founding of Super Normal with Naoto Fukasawa. In June 2006, first Super Normal exhibition in Tokyo.