Artificial flowers by Hella Jongerius



Designer Hella Jongerius will exhibit a collection of handmade, artificial flowers at Galerie Kreo in Paris next week.


The flowers are made of glass, leather, wood and paper, and displayed in vases made of mixed materials, including ceramic, resin, wood, fabric and blown glass.


The collection includes four limited edition vase designs.


Called Hella Jongerius - Natura Design Magistra, the exhibition opens on Saturday and continues until 30 May.


Photographs © Morgane Le Gall, courtesy Galerie Kreo.


Here's some text from Galerie Kreo, written by Louise Schouwenberg:


Hella Jongerius
natura design magistra

Hella Jongerius celebrates the sculptural quality of design in her latest products, artificial flowers and animal tables, which will be shown in Gallery kreo in Paris, April 2009.


Jongerius has become known for the way she explores the possibilities and boundaries of both handicraft and industrial techniques and subsequently stretches them beyond the already known. For instance, in many of her works she has succeeded in producing uniqueness within the industrial production process through an optimal exploitation of coincidences and even mistakes.


Apart from this fascination for techniques, the narrative quality of products has always played a mayor role in her work. Stories seem to hide underneath the skin of products, due to the reinterpretation of historical decorative patterns, but also due to the imaginative use of the images of flowers and animals.


While exploring the technical and narrative possibilities of designs, Jongerius never crosses the ‘natural’ boundaries of the design field.


She has taken yet another experimental step within her career: the celebration of the sculptural quality of furniture and the ‘missing link’ of her vases, flowers. A flower has become design, a table has become frog, because they were intimately engaged with the material traces of the handcrafted production process.


Galerie kreo
April 4th 2009 to May 30th 2009

Opening night:
April 4th 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


artificial vases - collection natura design magistra, 2009
designer: Hella Jongerius
Producer: Galerie kreo

Limited edition of 8 pieces + 2 a.P. + 2 Prototypes numbered & signed pieces
Description & Materials: Collection of four vases, #1 (beige base), #2 (green glass base), #3 (black ceramic base) and #4 (pink glass base); all made of a mix of different materials such as ceramic, resin, wood, fabric and blown glass.


Posted on Wednesday April 1st 2009 at 9:21 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • LikesIt

    I LIKE IT>!!!!!! Makes me question what a flower is. These definetly have a flowerness to them. I find them very….opening?

  • Garth N.

    original, playful, & inspiring design to say the least. fantastic photos too!

  • modular

    Wicked. I dig

  • seagrut

    3D graphics! truly beautiful

  • Marcus Des

    I admire the craftsmanship of Hella, for me these objects work mostly as examples of dedicated handicraft and painstakingly thorough experimentation. I’m not sure about the aesthetic quality, the white background disturbs the white and glass pieces. I’ve always liked her vases, I never thought they needed flowers.

  • b

    beautiful textures, shapes colors etc..but …find it rather hard to place in designland
    either I would have really enjoyed this wit all the sketches tests and samples..should have been even better..or maybe at her Ikea collection…but the limited edition makes it sort of boring..oldfashioned …easy..makes it all about collecting, having and desire…

  • Matt

    I’ve had a laser cut timber flower in a stainless steel bottle for a long time now and it never gets old (just dusty). These are beautiful. It leads me to imagine a boutique store, walls bursting with these in every inconceivable form while exotic essential oils dance about the air. Nice work