May 30, 1963
De Meern (Utrecht), Netherlands
|Education||Design Academy Eindhoven|
|Known for||Craft, Industry, Design|
|Awards||Rotterdam Design Prize|
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, she worked for a few projects at Droog Design. 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). 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). In 2008 Jongerius moved her studio to Berlin.
Through Jongeriuslab, she produces 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. Jongerius prefers working with textiles so that she can practice her creativity without making a new product from scratch. According to New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, Jongerius' "greatest achievement is bringing sensuality and sophistication to the sanitary industrial design".
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. In 2013, together with architect Rem Koolhaas, she redesigned the North Delegates' Lounge at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. For Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Jongerius designed the Nymphenburg Sketches, Four Seasons and Animal Bowls.
Jongerius’s perspective on sustainability in design is that it should be built to last. She has an issue with ephemeral, low-quality objects put out into the world.
"There's too much shit design."
"It's not the design that is the real issue but the amount that is being produced, that is where the evil starts; it just doesn't really add anything to the world."
Jongerius follows the ideals of long-termism. She sees this as a solve for the wastefulness of design. She wishes modern designers would follow in the paths of 20th century industrial design greats such as Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Jongerius believes that designers are either “merchants” or “pastors”. These “merchants” are guilty, in her mind, of producing too much that doesn’t last.
“Merchants are the ones who keep the machine spinning for profit without any conscience and pastors are the ones who want to change something in the world and feel responsible.”
Theorist Louise Schouwenberg and Jongerius published an opinion piece called Beyond the New: a search for ideals in design about the current state of design and sustainability.
“We are in search for new ideals in design, a holistic approach on all levels."
- Product designs
- UN Delegates' Lounge New York
- 2003, Hella Jongerius; text by Louise Schouwenberg, Phaidon Press
- 2011, Hella Jongerius – Misfit; text by Louise Schouwenberg, Alice Rawsthorn, Paola Antonelli, graphic design by Irma Boom, Phaidon Publisher
- 2015, Beyond the New: a search for ideals in design, opinion by Hella Jongerius and theorist Louise Schouwenberg
- 1994, participant at the first Droog Design exhibition at the Milan Furniture Fair with Bath Mat at Milan, Italy
- 1995, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, The Museum of Modern Art at New York, USA
- 1996, Thresholds in Contemporary Design from the Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary Art at New York, USA
- 1996, Self-Manufacturing Designers exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum at Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2001, Develops the My Soft Office series of futuristic office furniture for the Workspheres exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art at New York, United States
- 2002, Skin: Surface and Structure in Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum at New York, United States
- 2003, solo exhibition at the Design Museum at London, UK
- 2005, guest curator for Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum at New York, United States
- 2005, On The Shelves solo exhibition Hella Jongerius at Villa Noailles at Hyères, France
- 2005, Ideal House at the Internationale Mobelmesse Koln at Cologne, Germany
- 2007, Inside Colours installation for MyHome exhibition at Vitra Design Museum at Basel, Switzerland
- 2010, Hella Jongerius' Special Collectors Artwork: 300 Unique Vases at Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Netherlands
- 2010, Taking a Stance, a representative overview for Dutch DFA at the Dutch Cultural Centre at Shanghai, China
- 2010, Hella Jongerius – Misfit at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 2012, Oranienbaum Summer Exhibition at Oranienbaum Place near Berlin, Germany
- 2013, Salone del Mobile at Milan, Italy
- 2013, Design Miami at Basel, Switzerland
- 2013, opening of the United Nations North Delegates' Lounge 
- Rawsthorn, Alice (18 January 2010). "Daring to Play With a Rich Palette". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "Information". Jongeriuslab design studio. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Hobson, Ben (11 September 2013). "'Why create another piece of furniture?' - Hella Jongerius". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Hobson, Ben (7 September 2013). "'I think they're weird; they think I'm weird' - Hella Jongerius". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Frearson, Amy (20 September 2013). "United Nations North Delegates' Lounge by Hella Jongerius and Rem Koolhaas". Dezeen. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "Hella Jongerius: "There's too much shit design" - Design Week". 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
- "Jongerius and Schouwenberg on "impoverished" design world". Dezeen. 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
- JongeriusLab, official site
- Hella Jongerius at the Design Museum (London), including a Q&A with the designer and biography dates
- Hella Jongerius at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (US)
- Hella Jongerius on artsy.net
- Hella Jongerius at Nationalmuseum, Sweden