1963, De Meern, Netherlands
An industrial designer known for her espousal of both modern technology and traditional craftsmanship — often in the same piece — Hella Jongerius has developed products for manufacturers such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Vitra. She also designs for her own studio, Jongeriuslab.
Jongerius's work sits at the intersection of design, craft, art, and technology. She studied carpentry before earning a degree in industrial design from Eindhoven Design Academy. As a student Jongerius specialized in textiles — but it was her design for a polyurethane bathmat and vase that caught the attention of Droog Design, the Dutch design collective.
While Jongerius's ceramics, textiles, and furniture have been produced by scores of internationally-recognized manufacturers (including Sweden's IKEA), she has also engaged in the creation of a handful of site-specific installations. In 2001 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Jongerius to create My Soft Office: Bed in Business, an installation of a home office in which Jongerius combined everyday technology — monitors and keyboards — with domestic rituals such as sleeping and eating.