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Dutch Designer Focus: Hella Jongerius

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In her Berlin studio, rogue Dutch designer Hella Jongerius creates colorful, covetable objects that meld the handmade and the mass-produced in surprising new ways.

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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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    The book Misfit was designed by the Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom to accompany the Rotterdam exhibition.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  Other pieces in her studio include A Tribute to Camper from 2009.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Other pieces in her studio include A Tribute to Camper from 2009.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Evidence of color experiments populate Jongerius's studio, including this one, a study of yellows and oranges on ceramic.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  Here's a color experiment in clay.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Here's a color experiment in clay.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  A ceramic-and-leather Mouse vase from her Home Props series.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    A ceramic-and-leather Mouse vase from her Home Props series.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    On a work table, a cluster of early color experiments foretells her 300 Unique Vases project.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  Hella Jongerius Timeline1993Graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

    Hella Jongerius Timeline

    1993

    Graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  1993
Exhibits her Bath Mat and Soft Urn with headline-making new collective, Droog Design.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    1993

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  1997B-Set porcelain tableware launches a long-running collaboration with Royal Tichelaar Makkum.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    1997

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  1999The Kasese Chair.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    1999

    The Kasese Chair.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  1999Embroidered Tablecloth continues patterns derived from Ming vases across plates and cups.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    1999

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2002Repeat, for Maharam.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2002

    Repeat, for Maharam.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2004Nymphenburg Sketches brings the porcelain animal figures of the German pottery up to date.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2004

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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

    2005

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2005Cupboard, an experimental one-off for Galerie Kreo.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2005

    Cupboard, an experimental one-off for Galerie Kreo.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2006Worker Chair for Vitra.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2006

    Worker Chair for Vitra.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2007Office Pets.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2007

    Office Pets.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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

    2009

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2009Frog 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  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2009Tribute to Camper.  Photo by: Oliver Mark

    2009

    Tribute to Camper.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  2010Bob Garden Club chair for Kettal.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © Mark Gregory Peters 2010
    2010

    Bob Garden Club chair for Kettal.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver Mark
    2010

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

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

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  A bulletin board in Jongerius's studio reveals works in progress, experiments, and snippets of inspiration.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    A bulletin board in Jongerius's studio reveals works in progress, experiments, and snippets of inspiration.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Though the designer typically works with ceramic glazes for her color experiments, clay is another handy way to blend shades.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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  Another view of Jongerius's studio, full of colorful evidence of creativity at work.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Another view of Jongerius's studio, full of colorful evidence of creativity at work.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    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.  Photo by: Oliver MarkCourtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark
    Jongerius's Nymphenburg Sketches–Animal Bowls from 2004 consist of hand-glazed porcelain bowls and animal figurines.

    Photo by: Oliver Mark

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Oliver Mark

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