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Hella Jongerius (b. 1963), Netherlands.

Hella Jongerius Biography:

Hella Jongerius, born 1963 in de Meern, Netherlands is a prominent Dutch designer. Hella Jongerius is one of the most individual and influential product designers working today. Hella Jongerius has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary. Hella Jongerius studied Industrial Design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and graduated in 1993. She taught at the Design Academy in Eindhoven from 1998-99, serving as head of the department Living/Atelier from 2000-04. 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.

Hella Jongerius Design:

Regarded as one of the most innovative and creative designers of the 21st century, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius explores new visions in home furnishings. 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. 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.

Hella Jongerius Furniture and Lighting:

Hella Jongerius' work often blurs the borders between design and handicrafts, or art and technology. Along with Jasper Morrison and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius has made major contributions to the steadily growing contemporary new design group. A designer whose work ranges across art direction, furnishing and lamp designs, exhibitions, renovations, show room and point of sale set-ups. Some of the most famous objects of Dutch design carry his signature. His simple yet intuitive designs, available from Stardust, bear the mark of design classics and are easy to incorporate in existing decorative schemes.

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