Coloured Vases (series 3)

Phaidon Press is pleased to present an exclusive and specially commissioned Collector’s Edition by acclaimed product designer Hella Jongerius. The designer has become known for the way in which she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, the traditional and the contemporary. For some time, Jongerius has been occupied with an intensive research project on applying colours to ceramic materials. Jongerius has produced the Hella Jongerius: Misfit Collector’s Edition: 300 unique porcelain vases, each made with great artisanal skill and technological sophistication in collaboration with the venerable Dutch ceramics house Royal Tichelaar Makkum. Each vase is an object of exceptional concept and beauty.

Another layer of experimentation

This set is the culmination of Jongerius’ experimental studies with lacquered pigmentation, in which the porcelain vase has served as a ‘canvas’ for ‘Toyota red’ spraypaint (Red White Vase, 1997), forty industrial colours from the Central European standard RAL colour range (Coloured Vases, Series 1, 2003), and selections from the Scandinavian Colour Institute’s Natural Colour System (Coloured Vases, Series 2, 2007). In this, the third version of 300 Coloured Vases, each vase was fired three times under a unique mix of 100 natural mineral glazes and 100 synthetic materials, yielding remarkably deep textures and vibrantly merged colour combinations that are reminiscent of the colour intensities of old paintings.

The Collector's Edition

The Hella Jongerius: Misfit Collector’s Edition is a rare opportunity to own a genuine limited edition of a Hella Jongerius’ experimental design. Phaidon Collector's Editions are commissioned by and created especially for Phaidon Press. Each comprises a special edition of a Phaidon book that is beautifully bound, individually signed and numbered and presented in a custom-made box, together with an original work of art also signed and numbered by the artist.

Hella Jongerius: Misfit
The most comprehensive monograph on one of the most influential product designers working today

Graphic designer Irma Boom on
making Misfit


  • Hardback
  • English
  • 255 x 185 mm, 10 x 7 1/4 in
  • 308 pp
  • 300 colour illustrations
  • ISBN-13: 9780714859873
  • ISBN-10: 0714859877


  • The most comprehensive monograph on Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, one of the most individual and influential product designers working today.
  • Each book is signed by Hella Jongerius and numbered to match the specific recipe reference code of its corresponding vase.
  • The fabric cover of each book has been chosen to match the unique pigmentation of its vase.
  • There are over 300 photographs of Hella Jongerius’ work.
  • Stitch-bound and organised by colour, Misfit tells the story of Jongerius' career whilst bringing you into the rich world of Hella's creativity.

About the contributors

Louise Schouwenberg is a Dutch writer and curator. She writes for several international magazines, has contributed to a large number of books on design and curated a number of art and design exhibitions. In 2010 she was appointed Associate Professor of Design Theory (Lector) and head of the Masters department for Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Schouwenberg has a long association with Hella Jongerius which dates back to 1997.

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She lectures widely on design and has contributed to a series of design and architecture publications, including Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove published by Phaidon.

Alice Rawsthorn is a design journalist, critic and broadcaster. As well as writing regularly for the International Herald Tribune, she has written a number of books, including Yves Saint Laurent: A Biography and Marc Newson.

Irma Boom is a renowned Dutch book designer. She has designed a large number of books for clients as diverse as OMA/Rem Koolhaas and Ferrari. Her books are united by a shared sense of great unconventional beauty.

In the press

'Hella Jongerius: Misfit is a handsome book, its design by fellow dutch designer Irma Boom, reflecting the imaginative work of the maverick product designer'

'This monograph (stich-bound - lovely) brings together and celebrates the work of the genius Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius... Her work is gloriously eccentric, yet grounded. The perfect combination. And we love her Polder sofa, always have, always will.
—Living Etc magazine

'Designing a design monograph is bit of a balancing act ... Trust Irma Boom to get it spot-on with this gorgeous collection ... The book's soft binding, untrimmed paper and tactile layered-vinyl cover illustration provide subtle nods to the unexpected and craft-influenced elements that have become Jongerius's signature; inside, the aspects of Jongerius's practice that set her apart are all proudly on display ... It's a book almost as covetable as the design it sets out to celebrate; if Hella Jongerius is a misfit, fitting in has never seemed less desirable.'

‘a wonderfully tactile and detailed showcase … Like much of Jongerius’ work, this monograph has the mark of the maker: deliberately dynamic and demonstrative it is a wonder to behold.’
—Bethany Rex, Aesthetica

Hella Jongerius
"Innovation is the highest priority"

Hella Jongerius and the idea of
a perfect misfit

Red White Vase, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, 1997

Pictured: Blossom (detail), Belux, 2006

Designer Hella Jongerius (1963) is considered one of the major designers of her generation for the special way in which she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary.

Jongerius studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the 1990s, a period in which a (mainly) Dutch phenomenon was born: conceptual design. After her graduation in 1993, she contributed to a few projects for Droog Design. Since 1998 she has worked for various design brands, museums and galleries. Jongerius has won prestigious prizes for her innovative designs. Her industrial products and experimental designs are presented in museums and galleries such as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, Villa Noailles, Hyères, Galerie kreo, Paris, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Design Museum, London, Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Cibone, Tokyo and Moss Gallery, New York. Industrial clients include the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, the American textile manufacturer Maharam, the Swedish furniture company IKEA, the Spanish shoe company Camper and the ceramic companies Royal Tichelaar Makkum (Netherlands) and Nymphenburg (Germany).

The designer’s studio, Jongeriuslab, was located in Rotterdam until 2008. Since then she has lived and worked in Berlin.

Hella Jongerius
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Collector's Editions are commissioned by and created specially for Phaidon Press.

Each comprises a special edition of a Phaidon book that is beautifully bound, individually signed and numbered, and presented in a custom-made box together with an original artwork made and also signed and numbered by the artist.