Hella Jongerius

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Hella Jongerius (born 30 May 1963) is a Dutch industrial designer.


Jongerius was born in De Meern, near Utrecht, Netherlands in 1963. From 1988 to 1993 she studied design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating, she worked for a few projects at Droog Design.[1] She founded her own studio called Jongeriuslab in Rotterdam in 1993. She taught at the Design Academy Eindhoven as head of the department Living/Atelier (1988–1993). Her clients include Maharam (New York), KLM (Netherlands), Vitra (Switzerland), IKEA (Sweden), Camper (Spain), Nymphenburg (Germany) and Royal Tichelaar Makkum (Netherlands).[2] Her designs have been exhibited at galleries and museums such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York), MoMA (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Netherlands), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Design Museum (London), Galerie KREO (Paris) and Moss gallery (New York).[2] In 2008 Jongerius moved her studio to Berlin.


Through Jongeriuslab, she produced various collections of textiles, crockery and furniture. Her design focuses on combining opposites; for example, new technology and handmade objects, industrial manufacturing and craftsmanship, and the traditional and the contemporary. Her works are often highly textural; for example, rough edged leather is rolled up to create wheels, paint is splashed on earthenware, ceramics are sewn onto cotton tablecloths, sinks are made of rubber.[2] Jongerius prefers working with textiles so that she can practice her creativity without making a new product from scratch.[3] According to New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, Jongerius' "greatest achievement is bringing sensuality and sophistication to the sanitary industrial design".[1]

In 2012, Jongerius designed a new interior and seats for the business class cabin in KLM's Boeing 747. She is currently continuing on the business and economy class cabins for KLM's 777 and Dreamliner planes.[4] In 2013, together with architect Rem Koolhaas, she redesigned the North Delegates' Lounge at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.[5] For Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Jongerius designed the Nymphenburg Sketches, Four Seasons and Animal Bowls.[6][clarification needed]




  1. ^ a b Rawsthorn, Alice (18 January 2010). "Daring to Play With a Rich Palette". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Information". Jongeriuslab design studio. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Hobson, Ben (11 September 2013). "'Why create another piece of furniture?' - Hella Jongerius". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Hobson, Ben (7 September 2013). "'I think they're weird; they think I'm weird' - Hella Jongerius". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Frearson, Amy (20 September 2013). "United Nations North Delegates' Lounge by Hella Jongerius and Rem Koolhaas". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.nymphenburg.com/en/artists-and-designers/designers/hella-jongerius/[dead link]