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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fifty years from now: Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius
Hella Jongerius (1963- ) is a Dutch designer who has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, traditional and contemporary. Creating items from ceramics, steel, plastic, felt and precious metals, she emphasizes simple forms and rich textures.

Jongerius studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy. After graduating in 1993, she started Jongeriuslab in Rotterdam. In 2008 she moved her firm to Berlin, where she designs products for clients such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Swarovski, Vitra and IKEA. She designs a broad range of products, including furniture, lighting, textiles and glassware but has a particular interest in ceramics.

Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Moss gallery in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Design Museum in London, and the Galerie KREO in Paris. It will no doubt still be in demand fifty years from now.

A survey of Jongerius's work entitled Misfit was published by Phaidon in 2003.

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Felt stool

Tea pot

Blossom fixture

Swatch table

Big White Pot and Red White Vase

Rotterdam chair

Folded  washtub

IKEA Jonsberg vases

Turtle table

Bob Garden club chair

Soft urn

Polder sofa

Jens Risom sofa in our store upholstered in Jongerius fabric


  1. Hella has never put a foot wrong has she?! Have always loved the Polder sofa, so beautiful.

  2. I like her haircut. I may adopt something similar. She's very creative isn't she?

    I love your blog.

    1. I like her haircut and just might have to try having mine cut that way too. :)

  3. Maybe I'm to old school for some of the design. I do however like the fabric on the Risom sofa and kind of enjoy the turtle table...The rest I'm a bit ambivalent about...Not to knock what current designers are doing, just my two cents...

    1. I think we all have things we respond to and things that don't do much for us. I'm not crazy about the turtle table, but I do like the Polder sofa and the Blossom light fixture. I also like some of her embroidered fabric...but it's soooooo expensive. I doubt we'll be using it anytime soon.