Hella Jongerius

The first book on this innovative young Dutch product designer.

Texts by Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg


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About the book

Hella Jongerius (b.1963) is a Dutch designer whose innovative creations first gained recognition in 1993 as a member of the renowned Dutch group Droog Design. She now heads her own Rotterdam-based company, JongeriusLab, designing a highly unique collection of products including ceramics, textiles, tableware and furniture.

Eschewing the slickness and perfectionism that characterizes current industrial design, as well as the minimalist trends of the 1990s, Jongerius brings an emphasis on sensuous but simple forms, intriguing textures, and organic and malleable materials that often retain traces of their origin and making.

Jongerius' objects are sold by Cappellini, Donna Karan, Swarovski, Maharam fabrics, and several companies in the Netherlands, her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and several Dutch museums.

This is the first ever book on Jongerius. Designed by COMA (a Dutch graphic design team working in Amsterdam and New York) in collaboration with Jongerius herself, it showcases her work of the past decade with specially commissioned photographs, an extended interview and essays by Louise Shouwenberg, who is a frequent collaborator.

In The Press
'An insightful and personal exploration of her work, Jongerius's monograph speaks to an audience interested in design but also in the creative process. As she notes, she has created 'a book with all the stories behind the products, all the worlds the products are living in.'' (Bluepint)

'For such a small country, The Netherlands has recently made a great impact on the design world…One groundbreaking designer who has helped secure the country’s reputation abroad is Hella Jongerius…The first book on the Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius, is a behind-the-scenes photographic essay on what inspires her to create 'new antiques'…it also provides an insider's view to one of today’s most exciting designers.' (Georgina Bean, Vogue Living,)

About the author(s)

Hella Jongerius (b.1963) is head of her own firm, JongeriusLab and has worked with renowned Dutch group Droog Design. She is Director of the Design Atelier at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She was also winner of the 2004 Designer of the Year at the Salon du Meuble in Paris.

Louise Schouwenberg is a Dutch artist, writer and publicist. She writes for the Dutch art magazine Metropolis M, is a contributing editor to FRAME magazine and tutors at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

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