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hella jongerius

Designer Hella Jongerius (1963) is considered one of the major designers of her generation for the special way in which she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary.

Jongerius studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the 1990s, a period in which a (mainly) Dutch phenomenon was born: conceptual design. After her graduation in 1993, she contributed to a few projects for Droog Design. Since 1998 she has worked for various design brands, museums and galleries. Jongerius has won prestigious prizes for her innovative designs. Her industrial products and experimental designs are presented in museums and galleries such as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, Villa Noailles, Hyères, Galerie kreo, Paris, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Design Museum, London, Museum Het Princessehof, Leeuwarden, Cibone, Tokyo and Moss Gallery, New York. Industrial clients include the Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, the American textile manufacturer Maharam, the Swedish furniture company IKEA, the Spanish shoe company Camper and the ceramic companies Royal Tichelaar Makkum (Netherlands) and Nymphenburg (Germany).

The designer’s studio, Jongeriuslab, was located in Rotterdam until 2008. Since then she has lived and worked in Berlin.

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ssj 02 02Soup bowl, handpainted

Soup Set by Hella Jongerius consists of a service comprising a number of soup bowls. For the decoration she found a drawing in the archives depicting an old Dutch sailing ship that she transferred to the service using the silkscreen printing technique. This technique makes it possible to reproduce decoration mechanically and was used when the ceramics factories were industrialised in the nineteenth century. Hella Jongerius designed two versions, one of which exclusively uses transfers and the other which is partly filled in by hand-painters, which clearly illustrates the contrast between the two.

ø 17 cm x 9 cm high
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maj 06 07plate middle, green

Hella Jongerius emphasises the transition between transparent and white by having the tableware immersed partly in the tin glaze. By doing this, she not only focuses attention on the production process by making it part of the decoration, but reveals the colour of the Friesian clay for the first time in centuries. In addition to the white version, there is also a decorated version in this series, inspired by simple rural motifs and painted outlines inspired by the majolica archives. The result is a series of attractive products with a contemporary allusion to history and special use of traditional skills.

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maj 03 07bowl large, green

Hella Jongerius emphasises the transition between transparent and white by having the tableware immersed partly in the tin glaze. By doing this, she not only focuses attention on the production process by making it part of the decoration, but reveals the colour of the Friesian clay for the first time in centuries. In addition to the white version, there is also a decorated version in this series, inspired by simple rural motifs and painted outlines inspired by the majolica archives. The result is a series of attractive products with a contemporary allusion to history and special use of traditional skills.

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