Hella Jongerius: Misfit


Hella Jongerius: Misfit, is the second Phaidon monograph on Dutch product designer Hella Jongerius (1963).


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Overview
  • The most comprehensive monograph on Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, one of the most individual and influential product designers working today
  • There are over 300 photographs of Hella Jongerius’ 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
  • Hella Jongerius: Misfit is itself a Hella Jongerius design, as Jongerius developed the straightforward, innovative book layout with well-known graphic designer Irma Boom
  • Stitch-bound and organised by colour, Misfit tells the story of Jongerius' career whilst bringing you into the rich world of Hella's creativity


Irma Boom on designing Hella Jongerius' latest book, Misfit


LOOK INSIDE
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About the book
Hella Jongerius: Misfit is a detailed survey of the work of Dutch product designer Hella Jongerius (b. 1963). Jongerius studied Industrial Design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and graduated in 1993. She came to prominence very soon after graduating, with a series of her designs being produced by the influential Dutch conceptual design collective Droog Design. She started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, in 1993 in Rotterdam, and in 2008 moved to Berlin. She has collaborated with many prestigious manufacturers, including Vitra, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Swarovski, and her work is held in the collections of MoMA, the Stedelijk Museum and the Design Museum in London, amongst many others. Jongerius designs a range of products, including furniture, lighting, textiles and glassware but has a particular interest in ceramics. Her work combines the traditional with the contemporary, she is interested in new technologies and processes, and in older techniques. An extreme example of this is her ‘Red White Vase’, the shape is based upon an amalgamation of medieval pottery shards, glued together to form an archetype, put into serial production, and decorated with a type of paint usually used to paint car bodies. Jongerius is also fascinated by the value of the individual character and qualities that objects can assume, and in how individuality can be incorporated into manufactured products. For example her ‘B-Set’ of porcelain crockery, produced for Royal Tichelaar Makkum since 1997, is fired at too high a temperature during the manufacturing process, ensuring that the clay deforms slightly and giving each set a completely unique shape.



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' (d-talks.com)

'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.' (Grafik)

‘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


About the author(s)
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.


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