Hella Jongerius is one of the most prolific Dutch interior designers. Her design focuses on combining opposites like new technology and handmade objects, industrial manufacturing and craftsmanship, and the traditional and the contemporary. Her work includes research on colours, materials, and textures. We bring you her chairs collection and unveil more about the designer’s lifetime work.
The unfinished, the provisional, the possible – they hide in the attention for imperfections, traces of the creation process, and the revealed potential of materials and techniques. Through this working method, Jongerius not only celebrates the value of the process, but also engages the viewer, the user, in her investigation.
The colours of the East River Chair are carefully coordinated, with a lighter fabric framing a darker tone on the seat and a bright backrest surface. Depending on the selection of colour combinations, the chair has a very different look, ranging from muted and calm to cheerful and bright.
The new colour palette for Chair 611 is a range of subtle duo-tone colours for the popular webbing of the classic linen belt. By combining contrasting warp and weft yarns to weave the linen belts, a nearly three-dimensional effect is achieved. The new colour range features the combination of warp yarns in black or natural with weft yarns in the contrast colours of black, blue, white, brown or red, which blend to create sophisticated hues.
In Hella Jongerius’ first collaboration with Artek, she has re-interpreted Alvar Aalto’s classics – products that embody simplicity. Working with Aalto’s armchairs 400 and 401 and Stool 60, Jongerius’ ambition was to soften their overall look by creating a tonal colour palette around four wood finishes.
The V&A Museum in London acquired a prototype of the UN Lounge Chair. The UN Lounge chair was presented at the museum during the London Design Festival, a nine day Festival of contemporary design (13 – 21 September 2014). During the same festival, Galerie Kreo will show two prototypes of the UN Lounge Chair at the first show in its new gallery in London.
Vitra has been producing Jean Prouvé’s furniture since 2001. In cooperation with the Prouvé family and the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, the colour palette of the entire product family has been given a makeover. Reserved but contemporary shades give the Prouvé classics a fresh new image. Prouvé tables are now available with solid wood table tops and the Table Solvay is the realisation of one of Prouvé’s table designs with a wooden base.
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