Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

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June 20, 2011
Originally published in A New Slant on Family Fun
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  The walls of Jongerius’s workshop are covered with sample materials and colors, including a prototype for her new Borders textile for Maharam.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    The walls of Jongerius’s workshop are covered with sample materials and colors, including a prototype for her new Borders textile for Maharam. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  A chromatic composition in progress includes an array of cards from the color system she devised for Vitra, ceramic samples, and other more obscure items.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    A chromatic composition in progress includes an array of cards from the color system she devised for Vitra, ceramic samples, and other more obscure items. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  The book Misfit was designed by the Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom to accompany the Rotterdam exhibition.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    The book Misfit was designed by the Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom to accompany the Rotterdam exhibition. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Jongerius’s studio is a vibrant jumble of prototypes, products, and samples, including a red Polder sofa for Vitra and, on the far right, a Blossom lamp for Belux and prototype for the Rotterdam Chair for Vitra.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Jongerius’s studio is a vibrant jumble of prototypes, products, and samples, including a red Polder sofa for Vitra and, on the far right, a Blossom lamp for Belux and prototype for the Rotterdam Chair for Vitra. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Jongerius’s personal cabinet of curiosities includes miniature models of her designs. She rarely makes drawings, preferring to sketch in 3-D.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Jongerius’s personal cabinet of curiosities includes miniature models of her designs. She rarely makes drawings, preferring to sketch in 3-D. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Other pieces in her studio include A Tribute to Camper from 2009.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Other pieces in her studio include A Tribute to Camper from 2009. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Evidence of color experiments populate Jongerius's studio, including this one, a study of yellows and oranges on ceramic.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Evidence of color experiments populate Jongerius's studio, including this one, a study of yellows and oranges on ceramic. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Here's a color experiment in clay.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Here's a color experiment in clay. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  A ceramic-and-leather Mouse vase from her Home Props series.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    A ceramic-and-leather Mouse vase from her Home Props series. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Although Jongerius insists she had a major clear-out before leaving Rotterdam, her studio in Berlin is as packed as ever. Note the Ikea PS Jonsberg vases on the top row of shelves, each made using a different ceramic technique, with ornamentation inspired by different parts of the world.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Although Jongerius insists she had a major clear-out before leaving Rotterdam, her studio in Berlin is as packed as ever. Note the Ikea PS Jonsberg vases on the top row of shelves, each made using a different ceramic technique, with ornamentation inspired by different parts of the world. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  On a work table, a cluster of early color experiments foretells her 300 Unique Vases project.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    On a work table, a cluster of early color experiments foretells her 300 Unique Vases project. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Hella Jongerius Timeline 1993 Graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .

    Hella Jongerius Timeline

    1993

    Graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven.

    Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  1993
Exhibits her Bath Mat and Soft Urn with headline-making new collective, Droog Design.

    1993

    Exhibits her Bath Mat and Soft Urn with headline-making new collective, Droog Design.

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  1997 B-Set porcelain tableware launches a long-running collaboration with Royal Tichelaar Makkum.

    1997

    B-Set porcelain tableware launches a long-running collaboration with Royal Tichelaar Makkum.

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  1999 The Kasese Chair.

    1999

    The Kasese Chair.

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  1999 Embroidered Tablecloth continues patterns derived from Ming vases across plates and cups.

    1999

    Embroidered Tablecloth continues patterns derived from Ming vases across plates and cups.

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  2002 Repeat, for Maharam.

    2002

    Repeat, for Maharam.

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  2004 Nymphenburg Sketches brings the porcelain animal figures of the German pottery up to date.

    2004

    Nymphenburg Sketches brings the porcelain animal figures of the German pottery up to date.

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  2005 Introduces the Polder sofa, Jongerius’s first industrial piece of furniture and her first collaboration with Vitra.

    2005

    Introduces the Polder sofa, Jongerius’s first industrial piece of furniture and her first collaboration with Vitra.

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  2005 Cupboard, an experimental one-off for Galerie Kreo.

    2005

    Cupboard, an experimental one-off for Galerie Kreo.

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  2006 Worker Chair for Vitra.

    2006

    Worker Chair for Vitra.

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  2007 Office Pets.

    2007

    Office Pets.

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  2009 Designs PS Pelle, Mikkel, and Gullspira Wall hangings for Ikea, handmade by Indian women.

    2009

    Designs PS Pelle, Mikkel, and Gullspira Wall hangings for Ikea, handmade by Indian women.

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  2009 Frog Table for Galerie Kreo. “For me, decoration is a bridge between user and object. With Frog Table, I was trying to see how far I could take it.” —Hella Jongerius

    2009

    Frog Table for Galerie Kreo. “For me, decoration is a bridge between user and object. With Frog Table, I was trying to see how far I could take it.” —Hella Jongerius

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  2009 Tribute to Camper.

    2009

    Tribute to Camper.

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  2010Bob Garden Club chair for Kettal.  Courtesy of © Mark Gregory Peters 2010.
    2010

    Bob Garden Club chair for Kettal.

    Courtesy of © Mark Gregory Peters 2010.
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  2010Misfit exhibition in Rotterdam introduces 300 Unique Vases and the Colourful Blacks paints. Hella Jongerius: Misfit (her second monograph) is published by Phaidon.
    2010

    Misfit exhibition in Rotterdam introduces 300 Unique Vases and the Colourful Blacks paints. Hella Jongerius: Misfit (her second monograph) is published by Phaidon.

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  A bulletin board in Jongerius's studio reveals works in progress, experiments, and snippets of inspiration.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    A bulletin board in Jongerius's studio reveals works in progress, experiments, and snippets of inspiration. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Though the designer typically works with ceramic glazes for her color experiments, clay is another handy way to blend shades.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Though the designer typically works with ceramic glazes for her color experiments, clay is another handy way to blend shades. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Another view of Jongerius's studio, full of colorful evidence of creativity at work.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Another view of Jongerius's studio, full of colorful evidence of creativity at work. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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  Jongerius's Nymphenburg Sketches–Animal Bowls from 2004 consist of hand-glazed porcelain bowls and animal figurines.  Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
    Jongerius's Nymphenburg Sketches–Animal Bowls from 2004 consist of hand-glazed porcelain bowls and animal figurines. Courtesy of © 2011 Oliver Mark .
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