Recognized as one of the best product designers in the world, Hella Jongerius was born in De Meern, a village to the west of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1963. From 1988 to 1993 she studied design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating, the top product designer founded her own design studio, the Jongeriuslab in Rotterdam in 1993. Also, she taught at the Design Academy Eindhoven as head of the department Living/Atelier (1988–1993). One Hundred Edition provides you with a curated selection of the most iconic products made by Hella Jongerius.
“I feel a responsibility to speak my mind. I’m in a position where people listen to me. I didn’t become a designer just to make pretty things.”
“Our world suffers from color anorexia. It’s my mission to change that.”
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For some modern furniture brands like Vitra, the Dutch top product designer has developed distinctive pieces with a contemporary design. Her creative work is focused on textiles, ceramics, and furniture. Hella Jongerius has become known for the manner in which she fuses industry and craft, high- and low-tech, traditional, and contemporary. She has been the Art Director for colors and materials at Vitra and developed the Vitra Colour & Material Library, a system that allows the adaptable combination of different materials and colors throughout the extensive Vitra product collection. She also was the author of a book about this complex task entitled «I Don’t Have a Favorite Colour».
Switching to industrial design, however, her traditional roots still remain relevant to her artistic practice today. Effortlessly including industry and craft to produce exclusively designed textiles, crockery, and furniture that fuse high and low tech with traditional and contemporary styles, Hella Jongerius’ designs resonate as being products of the artisan’s hand as well as the industrial process.