Beyond the New – Hella Jongerius
Hella Jongerius (b. 1963, the Netherlands) has become known for the unique way she fuses industry and craft, high-tech with low-tech, the traditional with the contemporary.
Hella Jongerius is an industrial designer working from her Berlin-based studio, Jongeriuslab. Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven (the Netherlands) in 1993, Jongerius has fused industry to craft, high technology to low, and tradition to the contemporary by reintroducing an artisanal hand to the industrial process throughout her work with furniture, ceramics, and textiles. The Dutch design collective Droog produced much of her early work, while later she developed in-depth relationships with companies such as Vitra, IKEA, Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, and the Japanese design firm Cibone.In 1993 she opened the Jongeriuslab design studio through which she has carried out her own projects as well as works for such clients as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, IKEA and KLM. For Vitra, the Dutch designer has developed pieces like the Polder Sofa or the Worker Chair.
In her textiles and ceramic works as well as her furniture pieces, Jongerius has consistently addressed the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design. Hella Jongerius brings her expertise in this area to the development of a Vitra-specific spectrum of colours and materials.
Her works have been shown at such institutions as the Design Museum (London), Galerie kreo (Paris) and the Moss Gallery (New York).