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|Hella Jongerius is a designer from the Netherlands. Born in 1963, she specialises in blending traditional craft skills with up to date manufacturing techniques. She believes in the importance of ethical, sustainability and societal considerations, when designing and in the production process.
She taught at the Design Academy Eindhoven and was Head of the Living/Atelier Department from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 she founded the Jongeriuslab Studio in Rotterdam. Since its formation she has worked with important international clients / companies. These include, Vitra, IKEA and the Airline KLM. Her studio designs a vast range of products and collections, from materials such as textiles, crockery and furniture.
|Hella’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Rotterdam and London, culminating in the Sikkens Prize.|
|POLDER SOFA BY HELLA JONGERIUS, FOR VITRA|
|The asymmetrical sofa is based on a wood structure / frame, with polyurethane cushions. In Holland, ‘polder’ is a reference to agricultural lands, that have been reclaimed from the sea. The reclaimed land has been divided into fields surrounded by drainage canals. The design of the Polder Sofa was inspired by this geographical image.
This design is reminiscent of the cubist style, being ‘built’ up of cuboid shapes / forms. It has been manufactured in a range of subtle / cool shades.
|EAST RIVER CHAIR BY HELLA JONGERIUS, 2009/2014 FOR VITRA|
|Hella Jongerius designed the East River Chair, for the UN Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters, in New York (2009). This was a collaboration with Vitra, the furniture company.
The UN lounge is used for informal meetings, rather than official work. Therefore, a more casual and relaxed interior was required. This lead to the design of this comfortable chair. The chair is manufactured from a combination of materials; wood, metal, leather and fabric. It is manufactured in a range of shades and combinations.
|KLM WORLD BUSINESS CLASS CABIN INTERIOR – THE ‘FULL FLAT CHAIR’ - 2013|
|This is an updated and improved design of an existing model. The high surround helps give the user a sense of privacy, as well as a homely and comfortable experience. The seating can be arranged so that it lies flat, beneficial on long-haul flights.|
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