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Hella Jongerius, Misfit

'Innovation is the highest priority' says the Dutch designer of her approach to product designs
Hella Jongerius, Polder Sofa (2005)
The name and the design refer to the typical Dutch ‘polder’ landscape: the artificial land reclaimed from the sea by means of long horizontal dykes and intersecting drainage canals. It is Jongerius’ first industrially designed piece of furniture and the start of an intense collaboration with Vitra.



Born near Utrecht in 1963, Hella Jongerius graduated from the renowned Design Academy at Eindhoven in the early 1990s, working briefly for Droog Design before launching her solo career. Today she is one of the most important designers of her generation. Her designs combine new technological achievements with the uniqueness and importance that only handmade historic objects possess: 'I'm trying to make products that can be loved and that people want to own their whole lives to then pass them on to the family.'

The first major retrospective of her work, Misfit, is currently on show at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (until 13 February). Arranged on the walls of the museum, organised by colour rather than by product, the show features industrial products - such as her work for IKEA, Nymphenberg and Kettal - unique experiments and numerous sketch models.


Hella Jongerius: Misfit, Phaidon's new monograph on the designer, will be released this autumn to coincide with the exhibition. Following in the wake of Hella Jongerius, published in 2003, the book features over 300 images of Jongerius's work arranged by colour. The author of the book is Louise Schouwenberg and the design was created by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. Misfit also contains contributions from the design critic Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A specially commissioned collector's edition, which is presented with a unique Jongerius vase, is also available.


Hella Jongerius: Misfit

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