Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius


  • Birth: 1963 in De Meern
  • Nationality: Dutch

Hella Jongerius furniture

Hella Jongerius is a Dutch designer. She studied at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven. After graduating she created her design studio, Jongeriuslab, in 1993. Today, her main claim to fame is her deft fusion of industry and craftwork, which results in designs that incorporate traditional aesthetics with contemporary flair. “Bovist“, the multi-purpose object which can serve as a floor cushion, a stool or an ottoman features largescale embroidery, inspired by many different references.

The “Lacemaker” version, for example, is a take on “The Laceworker” by Johannes Vermeer. The original craftwork is seamlessly integrated into an industrially sound piece of furniture. 

Designer Hella Jongerius received the Sikkens Prize in 2017 for the central use of colour in her work. In this short documentary, we meet Jongerius in her studio in Berlin, where she has worked since 2009. A tour of her studio offers us an intimate look at Jongerius and her vision, as well as a colourful peek behind the scenes. Through her product design, Hella Jongerius (1963, De Meern) has cemented a leading position in the international design community. Her work, combining textiles, ceramics and furniture, brings together the classical and the contemporary, the latest in technological innovation as well as traditional craftsmanship. By adding traditional elements to industrial production processes, she aims to create products with personality. Jongerius consistently emphasizes the importance of colour and surface structures in contemporary design. In 2012, she joined Danskina (rugs) as an art director, and she has been an art director for colours and materials at Basel-based company Vitra since 2007. Her work was exhibited in various museums in the Netherlands and abroad, ao Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. This summer the new Design Museum London will open the solo exhibition Breathing Colour.

Her work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world, notably the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Galerie Kreo in Paris. She has produced furniture and design pieces for clients such as Belux and Vitra as well as Ikea.  

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