Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959. He studied Design at Kingston Polytechnic (1979-85), the Royal College of Art (London), and HDK (Berlin). Morrison opened his design office in London in 1986 and a second office in Paris in 2003. In 1995, his office was awarded the contract to design the new Hannover Tram, the largest European light rail production contract of its time, at 500 million Deutschemarks. The first vehicle was presented to the public in June 1997 at the Hannover Industrial Fair, and awarded the IF Transportation Design Prize and the Ecology award. Morrison was named a Royal Designer for Industry in 2001.